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Tiffany Studios New York "Eighteen Light Lily" Table Lamp

This Tiffany Studios New York glass and patinated bronze "Eighteen-Light-Lily" table lamp, featuring eighteen golden iridescent Favrile glass "Lily" shades on individual bronze stems extending upwards from an "Lily Pad" base. A rare distinguishing feature of this example is the "statuary patina" finish that involved copper-plating the bronze, acid-etching the surface and then exposing the metal to acids and pigments to result in a mellow grayish-brown patina that achieves greater fidelity to nature. ntricately sculpted and detailed patinated bronze "Lily This exquisite and unique "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; entranced by their polychromatic brilliance and trumpet-like shape, and inspired by popularly distributed Japanese woodblock prints, Louis Comfort Tiffany made many water-color paintings of morning glories and meditated on them frequently.
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Item #: L-21209
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 15.75" diameter, 21.5" height.
Materials: Bronze, Favrile Glass
Shade Signed: Engraved "L.C.T. Favrile"
Base Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 383
Literature: Similar lamp 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 313

The patinated bronze "Lily Pad" base is modeled after the lilies at Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island garden estate. Tiffany cultivated the Latour-Marliac Lily, the world's first colored water-lilies. It was these very same lilies that inspired the likes of Claude Monet in his famous water-lily series.
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