ca. 1901–1902
American
Decorative Arts
Lighting Devices
leaded glass, bronze
Overall: 27 1/64 × 18 1/2 in. (68.6 × 47 cm)
85.157a-b
Around 2,000 pieces of glass were individually selected and cut to make the Wisteria Lamp designed by Clara Driscoll, the head of Tiffany’s Glass Decorating Department. This particular selection of glass created the illusion of wisteria vine in bloom. The top of the leaded-glass and bronze shade is pierced to allow heat from lightbulbs to escape. The lamp, an object of luxury when it was fabricated, was priced at $400, making it one of the most expensive lamps in Tiffany’s production. Of all the lamps created by Tiffany, the Wisteria Lamp is the most iconic and celebrated example made at the turn of the last century.
shade Unsigned
Shade marked: 1; base marked, TGDCo [in monogram] / Tiffany Studios / New York / 26854; and 1 (on top of base) Shade and base: model # 342 - Wisteria
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Art Nouveau Gallery, VMFA, Jan 1976-Marh 1976;

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