c. 1891-93

Louis Comfort Tiffany

(American, 1848-1933)


Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co.

(American, 1892-1900)


Primavera with inlays of brass an various woods

Overall: 82.9 x 63.2 x 64.3 cm (32 5/8 x 24 7/8 x 25 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1990.91


Tiffany and his designers brought the garden inside with their floral lamp designs. They also re-created the ever-changing qualities of natural light using the light and dark tonal effects of the glass when illuminated with electric lamps. The Peony shade, to the right, could be rotated during the day to increase or decrease the amount of light it cast—intense reds for a darker glow at night, lighter pinks during the day.

Embellished with elaborate carved flowers and inlaid wooden mosaics, this armchair repeats many of the motifs found in Tiffany’s lamps.

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