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Tiffany Studios New York "Arrowhead" Table Lamp

A delightful homage to the wetlands, the "Arrowhead" table lamp by Tiffany Studios New York features a leaded glass shade with abstracted vegetal forms and lively patterning that convey a textile-like quality. Two bands of tightly clustered, bright white arrowroot flowers and a field of mottled sea blue glass serve as the ground for the composition, which is dominated by the repeated form of a simplified arrowroot plant. Scalloped patterning that graduates from kelly green to aqua blue decorates the upper most portion of the shade while a bold but narrow border in a triangular motif circles just above the bottom edge. The shade sits atop a patinated bronze decorated library base.

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Item #: L-20371
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: Circa 1905
Size: 20" diameter, 25" height
Materials: Leaded Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York"
Base Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 359 S173"
Literature: A similar shade is pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press 1970, p. 99, plate 143; Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p 152, plate 633; A similar base is pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1988, p. 75, plate 285

The arrowhead is a plant native to Europe most ubiquitous in French Art Nouveau. The arrowhead, or the Sagittaires d'eau, was named after the water arrow of the centaur Sagittarius, archery mentor of the hero Achilles. Its distinct geometric leaf shape made it both aesthetically pleasing in its order and religiously significant with its three petals of the trinity.
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