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Tiffany Studios New York "Dogwood" Table Lamp

The shade of this Tiffany Studios New York "Dogwood" leaded glass table lamp features a bouquet of pink, white, and lavender dogwood blossoms against a blue and green mottled ground, textured with Louis Comfort Tiffany's subtle use of rippled glass. Each blossom in the shade is unbelievably modeled and shaded, so as to mimic the natural, slight darkening of hue found in the petal of dogwood blossoms, as the lamp is punctuated by two rows of deep blue-green geometric glass brick tiles. The shade sits atop a patinated bronze, decorated cushion base, where vines entwine around the shaft of the base.

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Item #: L-18555
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900s
Dimensions: 18" diameter (shade), 23.5" height (full lamp with base)
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York”
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 6092”
Literature: Similar base pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., 2007: p. 75, plate 229

The dogwood was a well-recorded favorite of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who believed that the white flowers "reliably brighten things." The symbolic tradition of these bright, white flowers is quite rich; in Victorian times, dogwood flowers were given to young women by doting young men as a symbol of his affection. If the dogwood flower was kept it was a widely understood sign of mutual interest, however, if it was returned, it was the surest symbol of unrequited love.