20 inch “Arrowroot” cone table lamp with a leaded glass shade, #1496, depicting the foliage and flowers of the arrowroot plant, in colors of green, white, yellow and blue, topped with a disc-shaped finial with a pattern of perforations; resting on a library standard cushion base, #360.
Underside of shade stamped: TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK
Underside of base stamped: TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK 360
Height: 26 in (66 cm)
Diameter of shade: 20 in (50.8 cm)
Diameter of base: 8 ½ in (21.6 cm)
Alastair Duncan, Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: An Illustrated Reference to Over 2000 Models,
China: The Antique Collector’s Club, 2007, p. 47, figure 161, and p. 152, figure 633 (similar
shade models illustrated), p. 74, figure 286 (similar base model illustrated), p. 506 (reference to
base), and p. 519 (reference to shade).
The Holtzman Collection, Some Decorative Arts of the Tiffany Studios, Pennsylvania: Seymour
Holtzman, 1989, p. 43 (similar base model illustrated).
Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany’s Glass, Bronzes, Lamps, New York: Crown Publishers, 1971,
pp. 125 (similar model of shade illustrated) and 184, Appendix I: price list of 1906, patent no.
1496 (description of similar model of shade).
Louis Comfort Tiffany began the first incarnation of Tiffany Studios, then called Louis C. Tiffany & Co., Associated Artists, in 1879. The company, known by a few other names throughout the years, produced small objects, desk sets, favrile glass pieces, and, most famously, stained glass lamps. Production of these objects continued for three years after the death of Louis C. Tiffany, with operations completely ceasing in 1936.
These stained glass table and floor lamps are highly sought after by collectors, museums, and other institutions. Due to the fragility of the glass and the metal shortage the Second World War (during which innumerable shades were destroyed for the lead), there are not as many extant lamps as were made in the early twentieth century.