Leaded glass, bronze
Height: 58.5 x 42 cm (23 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.); Shade diameter: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)
Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.275
In the 1870s a renewed emphasis on natural landscapes ushered in a generation of cottage gardeners who delighted in planting perennials in large quantities. 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.
His designers also perfected the technique of layering materials to create shadow and depth within a lamp or window. Brass filigree layered over and underneath the glass in the Poppy lamp helps define its blossoms and leaves.
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