Tiffany Studios Three-Light Table Lamp
favrile glass shades, Three arm gilt bronze base
Shades engraved “L.C.T. Favrile”
Base impressed “TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/309”
Height: 16.5 Inches (41.9 cm)
Width: 11 Inches
Condition: Excellent with wear commensurate of age and use. No Damage.
Provenance: Roy Warshawsky, Chicago
Sotheby’s New York, Tiffany Lamps from the Warshawsky Corporate Collection, June 5, 1996, lot 179
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Literature: Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2019, p. 64, no. 210 (for the base)
Tiffany glass refers to the many and varied types of glass developed and produced from 1878 to 1933 at the Tiffany Studios in New York, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a team of other designers, including Clara Driscoll, Agnes F. Northrop, and Frederick Wilson.
In 1865, Tiffany traveled to Europe, and in London he visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, whose extensive collection of Roman and Syrian glass made a deep impression on him. He admired the coloration of medieval glass and was convinced that the quality of contemporary glass could be improved upon. In his own words, the “Rich tones are due in part to the use of pot metal full of impurities, and in part to the uneven thickness of the glass, but still more because the glass maker of that day abstained from the use of paint”.
Tiffany was an interior designer, and in 1878 his interest turned toward the creation of stained glass, when he opened his own studio and glass foundry because he was unable to find the types of glass that he desired in interior decoration. His inventiveness both as a designer of windows and as a producer of the material with which to create them was to become renowned. Tiffany wanted the glass itself to transmit texture and rich colors and he developed a type of glass he called “Favrile”.
The glass was manufactured at the Tiffany factory located at 96-18 43rd Avenue in the Corona section of Queens from 1901 to 1932.
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