From the Vault: Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was one of the most influential artists and designers of the twentieth century. He largely bypassed a career with his father’s famous jewelry firm, Tiffany & Co., and took up painting, studying with George Inness, later discovering his true love, that of colored glass. He pioneered research into the fabrication of iridescent, translucent, and colored glasses with textured surfaces, which created dramatic light effects.
Thomas Edison, who had been experimenting with electricity since the 1860s, encouraged Tiffany to explore the production of electric lamps, and most of them were made between 1895 and 1920. This magnificent floor lamp with floral stained-glass shade from the AMAM collection was a fortunate acquisition - it was purchased at an auction at the American Legion Hall in Elyria, Ohio, from the estate of a local resident, for under $100.00 in 1963.
Tiffany Studios, New York
Tiffany Floor Lamp with Shade Decorated with Floral Frieze, ca. 1905
Leaded glass and bronze
Capital Equipment Fund, AMAM 1963.38