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Tiffany Studios New York "Peony" Table Lamp

The shade of this Tiffany Studios New York "Peony" leaded glass table lamp is remarkable for a number of reasons, perhaps the most eye-catching being the explosively-colored red, pink and purple peony blooms. Equally of note, however, are the green leaves, made of Tiffany's signature mottled glass, giving them a wonderfully luxe texture against the blue and lavender background, made of the alluring Tiffany striated glass, which offers incredible dimensionality in the light it puts forth. The shade sits atop a decorated patinated bronze library base.

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Item #: L-18557
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 18" diameter (shade), 25" height (full lamp with base)
Materials: Leaded glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 1475-61"
Base Signed: "Tiffany Studios New York 360"
Literature: Similar shade pictured in The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970, p. 140, plate 199; Similar base also pictured in Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1988, p. 74, plate 286

In Victorian times, peonies represented bashfulness, since mischievous nymphs were said to hide in their magnificent petals. With this in mind, it is easy to imagine how the Tiffany Studios New York designer responsible for such a fabulous interplay of color and glass was able to come up with such a playful and multifaceted design.