Over the last few decades, a Tiffany lamp from the design studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany has completely revolutionized the art of lamp making. Unlike conventional lamps which have shades made of cloth, Tiffany lamps have a glass shade that is totally unique in its design. One of the most famous designs from this company is the stained leaded glass lamp and Tiffany stained glass lamps are usually considered to be part of the Art Nouveau movement. Such was the influence of Tiffany on these unique lamps that nowadays stained glass lamps from any company are known as Tiffany lamps.
Design of the lamps
Tiffany stained glass lamps come in seven broad designs – irregular upper border, irregular lower border, favorable, geometric, transition to flowers, flowered globe and flowered cone. The first two types simulate branches or trees while they the favorable category signifies lamps originally designed by Tiffany. Geometric designs usually feature shapes such as triangles, squares, rectangles and ovals while the last three designs are centered on botanical themes such as flowers and typical garden insects.
History of these lamps
The earliest Tiffany glass lamps are over a century old and entirely made by skilled craftsmen without any help of mass production machines. These early lamps were not designed by Tiffany but an unknown artist by the name of Clara Driscoll. Introduced by Tiffany in his New York based interior design firm, these lamps quickly became popular in the early 20th century.
As these lamps caught the eye of notable art directors, Tiffany lamps started showing up in museums of decorative arts all across Europe and America. Tiffany soon began very successful by selling his lamps in Europe with the help of prominent French artists. Tiffany stained glass lamps are produced by the copper foil method using beautiful colored glass.