Dragonfly table lamp

Object Number: 
N84.110.1
Date: 
ca. 1900-1906
Medium: 
Glass, bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall (height, diameter): 31 1/2 × 22 in. (80 × 55.9 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1507-29"
Description: 
Leaded glass and bronze " Dragonfly" table lamp shade on jeweled base; 22" diameter shade depicting dragonflies with outspread filigree wings and heads projecting below lower border of shade; design repeated nine times; background glass purple near aperture progressing to orange near border; glass "jewels" are green and blue-green; bodies of insects are of green-rippled glass, wings are blue undulating glass and eyes blue jewels. Adjustable base with 33 iridescent balls around circular platform and 8 balls below adjusting knob. Shown with standard table lamp base (N84.110.2) and cap (N84.110.3).
Gallery Label: 
This dragonfly shade, a popular model, was priced at $175 in Tiffany's 1906 price list. Prices ranged from $3 for small candleshades to $400 for large and intricate lamps. Considering that the average hourly wage in 1906 was only 17 1/2 cents, these lamps were an unattainable luxury for many.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group