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Tiffany Studios New York "Poinsettia" Table Lamp

A charming example of the multifaceted capabilities of Louis Comfort Tiffany's team of designers, the leaded glass shade and bronze base of this "Poinsettia" table lamp from Tiffany Studios New York offers an enchanting marriage of plentiful motifs and delicate details. The band of ruby poinsettia blooms with orange and lapis centers is set against a vibrant orange background and architecturally framed by geometric bands of mottled green glass. The shade sits atop a patinated and gilt bronze wave base.

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Item #: L-20845
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1910
Dimensions: 23" height, 16" diameter
Materials: Favrile Glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1557
Base Signed: “Tiffany Studios New York 584”
Literature: A similar shade is pictured in: The Lamps of Tiffany, by Dr. Egon Neustadt, New York: The Fairfield Press, 1970, p. 80, plate 112. A similar base is pictured separately in: Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An illustrated reference to over 2000 models, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge: Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1988. base: p. 110, plate 450

Poinsettias, like many flowers, are considered symbols and bearers of good luck, but unlike other blooms, they are said to only provide such services only if carefully tended to and taken care of. We can see why, then, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his designers—notably, the team in the Women's Glass Cutting Department, who often worked on floral shades that were as complex as this one is—took such extraordinary care with the design of this shade, capturing the flower not only with accuracy, but with a sensitivity to its magic.