Tiffany Studios New York "Swirling Lemon Leaf" Table Lamp
This Tiffany Studios New York "Swirling Lemon Leaf" table lamp, consists of a dynamic shade with Louis Comfort Tiffany's famed geometric brick design in an ombre of chartreuse to white. Interrupted at its girdle by an intriguing band of vined leaf motifs in bright yellow-green. The swirling leaf patterning dynamically mimics the shape and implied movement of a pinwheel, paired with a patinated bronze ball fringe that provides more movement at the base of the shade, suggesting that the vegetation is about to spin about the lamp as it disperses beautiful light. The shade sits atop a four-footed adjustable, patinated bronze, "Cat’s Paw" base. Paw feet are some of the oldest motifs in furniture, appearing in Ancient Greek and Egyptian furniture.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: L-20240
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Dimensions: 18" diameter, 23.5" height
Materials: Favrile glass, Bronze
Shade Signed: Tiffany Studios New York
Base Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 478
Literature: A similar shade is pictured in: Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Jacob Baal-Teshuva, New York: Taschen, 2001, p. 163. 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. 82, plate 316.
Leaf borders were a common motif in Greek red-figure pottery, typically on vessels meant for storing or mixing wine. On such vessels, dionysiac groups of maenads and satyrs would carry grapevine branches and thyrsi, wands wound with vines, carried during festivals and religious ceremonies.