ca. 1898–1900
Decorative Arts
Lighting Devices
Favrile glass, enamel, brass, gilding
United States,New York, New York
Overall (base): 40 1/2 × 13 in. (102.87 × 33.02 cm)
Around 1898 Charles Winthrop Gould, a prominent lawyer, art collector, and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, asked Louis Comfort Tiffany to create the interior decoration for his house. A peacock motif was a central theme of the decoration and inspired this monumental lamp. The body is favrile-or hand-blown-glass with a peacock-feather pattern. The shade of the lamp is a favrile glass globe featuring a swirling pattern. Three enameled-brass peacock heads support the glass globe. The foot of the lamp is enameled brass with a ring of glass scarabs. Additional scarabs surround the birds’ necks.
Globe inscribed inside rim: M3460
Gift of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation
"The Art Work of Louis Comfort Tiffany," Tiffany Studios, NY, Feb. 1916 (see email and photo from Robert Doros in Curatorial File);

The Louis C. Tiffany Foundation, Laurelton Hall;

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, Mueum exhibition, Oct 21 - Nov 20, 1966;

Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Laurelton Hall Years, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, NY, 1986;

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