Empire Table Lamp

Empire Table Lamp

c. 1902-10

Tiffany Studios

(American, 1902-1932)

maker

Leaded glass, gilt bronze

Overall: 66 x 56.5 cm (26 x 22 1/4 in.)

Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.264

Description

Although Tiffany often wrote of his disdain for romanticizing the past, he recognized that many of his customers favored historical styles. He kept his showrooms well stocked with colonial revival furniture and lamps, such as the Napoleon-inspired Empire pattern, with its abstracted neoclassical swags and medallions, that fit easily within traditional decor.

An admirer of Native American art, Tiffany amassed a personal collection of textiles, baskets, and pottery, from which he and his designers drew inspiration. He was particularly interested in the way basket weavers formed their patterns using geometric grids, a look he re-created in designs for lamps.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Lamp

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