Tiffany Studios "Dragonfly" Shade Table Lamp with Bronze Base
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Tiffany Studios "Dragonfly" Shade Table Lamp with Bronze Base, New York, 1900-24, shade model no. 1462 with dore finish, base model no. 584 with verdigris patina, shade unmarked, base marked, ht. 21 1/4, shade dia. 17 in.
Note: "A Dragonfly lamp was one of Tiffany's first recorded lampshades, having been shown at the Grafton Galleries in London in 1899. This closely related model presented here was introduced the following year at the 1900 Paris World's Fair. Equally important, here we know the name of the lamp's designer: Clara Driscoll. Louis C. Tiffany made it a point to suppress all mention of the names of his company's workers but, in this instance, the information regarding authorship came from an article about Driscoll and thus bypassed Tiffany's censorship. It (the shade) was cited on the 1913 Price List, and it remained in production for yet another decade, with some eleven examples being made between 1921 and 1924." From The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Eidelberg, Frelinghuysen, McClelland, and Rachen (Thames & Hudson, 2005), pp. 186-88.
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