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Tiffany Studios New York "Twelve Light Lily" Table Lamp

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This exquisite Tiffany Studios New York "Twelve-light lily" lamp marks the combination of two of Tiffany's favorite floral motifs, the pond lily, and the morning glory. These shades take the form of morning glories. Inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, Tiffany made many watercolor paintings or morning glories, entranced by their polychromatic brilliance and trumpet-like shape.

Tiffany took this model to the Paris and Turin World's Fairs around the turn of the century, where the American lamp made waves in the French Art Nouveau movement. It is outfitted with shades of particular delicacy and iridescence that would have accommodated the faint light from the then newly-invented light bulbs.

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Item #: L-20582
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 14" diameter x 21" high.
Materials: Favrile Glass, Gilt Bronze 
Shades Signed: Five shades signed "L.C.T. Favrile"
Base Signed:  "Tiffany Studios New York 382"
Literature: A similar lamp is pictured in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 80, plate 311.

The morning glory, or asagao, was beloved by the Japanese as the commoner's flower. The asagao blooms at dawn before the sun rises, and consequently, asagao lovers have to rise early in order to appreciate the blossoms. Like the morning glory rises to the sun, so does this lamp come alive with the addition of light.
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