Peony Lamp, Tiffany Studios

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Peony Lamp, Tiffany Studios

Peony Lamp, Tiffany Studios, New York, ca. 1910.

Leaded glass and bronze; height 28 1/2, diameter 22 inches.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of Charles L. Tiffany, the founder of the famous jewelers and silversmiths Tiffany & Company, and although he associated with his father¹s company for a brief period, he formed his own glassmaking studio in Corona, Queens, New York, where he designed and oversaw the production of his famous stained glass windows, lamps, vases, decorative enamels, and other accessories.


An average-size Tiffany lamp shade contains approximately one thousand glass mosaic pieces that were each hand selected and hand cut.  Although the same pattern was made several times, because of the natural variation of the glass mosaics used, no two Tiffany lamps are identical.


At the end of the nineteenth-century Western artists were greatly inspired by Japanese art and culture after the reopening of Japanese trade ports in 1854 which had been closed to foreign nations for over two hundred years. The use of the peony, a treasured flower in Japan, as a decorative motif on this lamp shade is an example of this craze, known as japonisme.

At Auction

Depending on the size of the shade, type of base, and intricacy of the design, Tiffany lamps were originally sold for between $30 and $750 dollars, while at auction today many have sold for over $1 million dollars.

In History

The peony is named after the Greek god of healing, Paeon, due to its believed medicinal properties.

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Estimate By: Jorge Luis González

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