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Dragonfly table lamp

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Dragonfly table lamp
Dragonfly table lamp
Title
Dragonfly table lamp
Date 
c. 1900-1906
Medium 
Glass, bronze
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 × 28 1/2 in. (55.9 × 72.4 cm)
Description 
Leaded glass and bronze "Drophead Dragonfly" table lamp 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 mottled yellow and blue near aperture progressing to blue near border; glass "jewels" blue; dragonfly eyes green, wings blue-yellow, and bodies orange-yellow. Adjustable bronze base with 33 iridescent balls around circular platform. Base model is 392.
Credit Line 
Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
Object Number 
N84.113
Marks 
stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1507"
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.
Bibliography 
Gray, Nina. "The work of Tiffany Studios." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 194-201.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group