Tiffany Studios New York Glass Moorish Tile Single Candle Holder
The flexible shades, composed of white opalescent glass tiles, are adjoined by gilt bronze links and crowned with a refined cap of striated openings. Each glass tile has a fingerprint-shaped indentation with a floral motif. The gilt bronze base is composed of a bamboo shoot and roots. Tiffany had long been fascinated with the aesthetics of bamboo, incorporating bamboo panels in William Henry Vanderbilt's Japanese parlor (1883.) Tiffany considered Bamboo to be one of the essential elements of global architecture, "The hut made of woven bamboo has left its ineffaceable mark upon the architecture of more than half the peoples of the earth." Its versatility allowed it to transform from the frame of a primitive dwelling to the furniture of a Japanese emperor.
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Item #: L-20855
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Dimensions: 18.5" height, 5.25" diameter
Materials: Glass, Bronze
Literature: Duncan Alastair and Tiffany Studios (New York N.Y.). 2007. Tiffany Lamps and Metalware : An Illustrated Reference to Over 2000 Models. 1st ed. Woodbridge: Antique Collector's Club. p. 378 1548 #1205
The candlestick base was inspired by the Japanese Arrow bamboo that Tiffany grew in his greenhouse on his garden estate, Laurelton Hall. The species had just been introduced to America ten years ago and were still a relative rarity. In 1925, Tiffany foundation fellow, Alan Dunn, painted Tiffany's arrow bamboo hemmed in Fan Palm Fronds and Banana leaves. The greenhouse transported the viewer, as Dunn proclaimed, "into the lands of Araby, with no path or stairway that fails to lead to surprise." From feudal times to the time of the candlestick's production, the arrow bamboo was employed in the manufacture of Japanese arrow shafts; as a result of which the arrow bamboo acquired its name.