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Louis Comfort Tiffany.

istory recognizes Louis Comfort Tiffany as one of the greatest painters and designers of American decorative art. Born in New York in 1848, the artist was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., the fabled jewelry retailer. Multi-talented and relentlessly creative, Louis Comfort Tiffany enjoyed a remarkable career. He made his most notable mark on the art scene by designing stained glass windows, lamps, mosaics and decorative fine jewelry. His work was exhibited worldwide. At the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1900, he earned several prizes, honors - and international acclaim.

Louis Tiffany
He was fortunate to be living in a time when arts and sciences were being amalgamated and was particularly lucky to have been living in the age of the light bulb, which was developed by fellow American, Thomas Edison, in 1878, and of the filament lamp which followed in 1879. It was the marriage of the electric light with his colorful leaded lampshades that sealed Tiffany's success.

Louis Comfort Tiffany's innovations set the stained glass world on its ear. He came up with the brilliant idea of amalgamating the bits and pieces discarded during the production of his stained glass windows to form beautiful decorative lamps. His unique collage of eclectic colors and techniques, known today as Tiffany glass, has yet to be equaled in the world of stained glass art. This lovely Tiffany table lamp, lavishly adorned with dragonflies, is an accurate reproduction of the lamp Tiffany introduced at The London Exhibition of Art Nouveau in 1899. At the time, his work, like that of most Art Nouveau artists, was heavily influenced by Japanese art in which nature was front and center. The dragonfly theme was inspired by an oriental wood engraving. One never ceases to admire this opalescent lamp, and the sparkling colors created by the play of light and glass.

Dragonfly Lamp

The Classic Tiffany Lamp
The Tiffany “Dragonfly” Table Lamp stands 21” high, with shade dimensions of 8” x 16”..

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Tiffany Cross

The Tiffany Cross Pendant
Louis Comfort Tiffany was considered the leading arbiter of taste in the New World and among the rich and social elite in America. His influence was not restricted to glassware, but spread to the entire matter of interior decoration. The Tiffany Cross, in miniature, is a replica of the massive wrought iron cross made for the door of the famous chapel he designed for the World Colombian Exposition in 1893, now in the collection of the Morse Museum of American Art. In this piece Tiffany turns Celtic inspiration into a powerful modern statement of strength, endurance, and simple beauty. (18-carat gold-plated pewter)

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