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Wisteria table lamp

Object Number: 
N84.127.1
Date: 
ca. 1901
Medium: 
Glass, bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall (height, diameter): 27 × 18 in. (68.6 × 45.7 cm)
Marks: 
stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1073" stamped on underside of base: "[Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co. logo] / TIFFANY STUDIOS / NEW YORK / 26854"
Description: 
Leaded glass and bronze "Wisteria" table lampshade; 18" diameter shade with crown of bronze branches and irregular lower border, depicting wisteria blossoms in five repeats; flower clusters of bluish and whitish glass; striated yellow foliage, stippled purplish-blue and gray background glass. Shown with bronze tree base (N84.127.2).
Gallery Label: 
Despite a popular myth that credits Mrs. Curtis Freshel of Boston as the designer of the Wisteria Lamp, it was Clara Driscoll who invented it. In several letters to her family, she referred to how well the lamp was selling (by March 1905, some 123 examples had been made) and she proudly boasted that its success was to her credit since she had designed it. Composed of nearly 2000 small pieces of glass and thus labor intensive to produce, this lamp cost $400 in 1906. While not the most expensive of Tiffany lamps, it fell into the upper tier of prices.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group