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Magnolia Shade – Tiffany Lamp

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Magnolia Shade – Tiffany Lamp

This “Magnolia Shade and Chased Pod Floor Base” is a Tiffany Lamp probably designed by Clara Driscoll. For the Tiffany design studio designers, the colour was more important than accurate form. In many of the flower designed Tiffany Lamps, the form came secondary to the colour esthetic. In this example texture and colour take precedence over botanical accuracy.

A Tiffany lamp is a type of lamp with a glass shade made of glass designed by Tiffany & Co and its design teams. Tiffany lamps are considered part of the Art Nouveau movement. Due to Tiffany’s dominant influence on the style, the term ‘Tiffany lamp’ or ‘Tiffany style lamp’ has been often used to refer to stained leaded glass lamps even those not made by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s company.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was a designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewellery, enamels, and metalwork. He was the first Design Director at his family company, Tiffany & Co., founded by his father.

Clara Driscoll was head of the Tiffany Studios Women’s Glass Cutting Department, known as the “Tiffany Girls” in New York City. Using patterns created from the original designs, these women selected and cut the glass to be used in the famous lamps. Driscoll designed more than thirty Tiffany lamps produced by Tiffany Studios, yet virtually nothing was known about Driscoll until quite recently. It is know believed that Clara Driscoll and the “Tiffany Girls” created many of the Tiffany lamps originally attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany and his staff of male designers.

Other Tiffany Lamp’s featured in “Joy of Museums” include:

Magnolia Shade – Tiffany Lamp

  • Title:                 Magnolia Shade – Tiffany Lamp (1906 – 10)
  • Base:                 Chased Pod Floor Base (1900 – 06)
  • Designer:         Probably Carla Driscoll
  • Year:                 1906 -10
  • Museum:          New-York Historical Society

Designer – Clara Driscoll

    • Name:              Clara Driscoll
    • Born:               1861 – Tallmadge, Ohio
    • Died:                1944 (aged 83) – New York City, New York, US

Master Designer – Louis Comfort Tiffany

  • Name:              Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • Born:               1848 – New York City, New York, US
  • Died:                1933 (aged 84) – New York City, New York, US
  • Movements:   Art Nouveau and Aesthetic

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“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.”
―Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Photo Credit: JOM