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Designer: Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, 1848–1933
Manufacturer: Tiffany Studios, American, 1890–1932

Table Lamp

1902

Patinated bronze; iridescent glass

21 × 14 in. (53.3 × 35.6 cm)
Gift of Susan Morse Hilles
1984.75.24
After the invention of electric light in the late nineteenth century, lamps were designed to use this new technology. None were more inventive than the lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany Studios. Typically Tiffany’s lamps employed his stained and iridescent glass in floriform designs. Here, lily blossoms dangle from thin stems that ascend from a bronze base.
Geography: 
Manufactured in Long Island, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Lighting Devices
Provenance: 

Susan Morse Hilles (1905-2002); gift 1984 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 73, ill.

Suzanne Boorsch, “ ‘Devoted Generosity of Heart and Mind’: The Benefactions of Susan Morse Hilles,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 72, fig. 6.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.