Pansy Border Table Lamp

Pansy Border Table Lamp

c. 1902-10

designer

probably by Clara Wolcott Driscoll

(American, 1861-1944)

maker

Tiffany Studios

(American, New York, 1902–1932)

Leaded glass, blown glass, bronze

Overall: 40.6 cm (16 in.); Diameter: 40.6 cm (16 in.)

Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.266

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This lamp features a rare base in which green glass is blown into a bronze cage—a very difficult technique since glass and bronze cool at different temperatures risking a complete shatter if not executed correctly.

Description

In the 1870s a renewed emphasis on natural landscapes ushered in a generation of cottage gardeners who delighted in planting perennials in large quantities. Louis Comfort Tiffany was among those who championed the lush, sometimes wild-looking displays of varied floral species in the garden at his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. He encouraged his designers to take inspiration from his garden by shipping fresh cuttings almost weekly to his studios. Ohio native Clara Wolcott Driscoll created patterns based on the colorful blooms of spring that became among the most sought after and commercially successful of Tiffany’s production.

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