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Tiffany Studios New York "Parasol" Table Lamp

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This Tiffany Studios New York "Parasol" leaded glass table lamp features a graduating pattern of perfectly-imperfect matched green geometric tiles, fitted in an umbrella shape. The shade sits atop a ribbed base that evokes the webbed underside of an amazon lily pad. From the end of the 1880s through the early 1900s, imported Japanese parasols became enormously popular, not only as a fashion accessory but as a decoration for the home. For a few pennies, factory and office girls could afford Japanese umbrellas for Sunday outings. Consequently, tens of thousands of Japanese parasols flooded into Europe and America in the late nineteenth century.

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Item #: L-20681
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1905
Dimensions: 24.5" diameter, 32" high 
Materials: Favrile Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York
Base Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1458
Literature: Dr. Egon Neustadt, The Lamps of Tiffany, New York, 1970, p. 60 (for the shade)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany At Auction, New York, 1981, p. 67 (for the shade), Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany: The Collected Works of Robert Koch, Atglen, PA, 2001, p. 71 (for the base), Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2007, pp. 78 (for the shade and base pairing) and 161 (for the shade)

During the Edo period (1615-1868), every post station town and castle town had its umbrella maker. Around 1760, the town of Kanā developed an umbrella-making industry that served outlying areas as well as the town itself. The local clan was in severe financial difficulties, their annual yield of rice down by two-thirds. In order to overcome these difficulties, Lord Nagai Naonobu encouraged the lower-ranking samurai to start making umbrellas. Thenceforth in popular media, it became a trope that samurai were umbrella makers.
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