Peacock Table Lamp

Peacock Table Lamp

c. 1900-1902

probably by Clara Wolcott Driscoll

(American, 1861-1944)

designer

probably by Tiffany Studios

(American, 1902-1932)

maker

Leaded glass, bronze

Diameter: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); Overall: 65 cm (25 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Charles Maurer 2018.281

Description

Although incandescent lamp bulbs had become more widely available in the 1890s, most households, even those of the wealthy, were not yet wired for electricity. Tiffany originally designed his lamps with an oil-burning apparatus, consisting of a reservoir and a double wick and chimney, as well as an electric attachment. He cleverly predicted, though, that electric households would soon become commonplace, so he quickly moved to all-electric designs by 1910, greatly increasing the illumination and appeal of his lamps.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Lamp

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