By Jessamine Reault. Lamp. Published at Thursday, September 05th, 2019 - 00:14:04 AM.
Tiffany desk lamps were made by hand. There was no mass-production involved in their creation. The designs were hand-drawn; all the glass was cut and soldered by hand. In fact, it’s not even known how many Tiffany desk lamps or other types of lamps were made from each single design. Each pattern could be used an infinite number of times, but they did not keep records of how many were produced. This is part of the reason original Tiffany desk lamps and other original creations are so valuable, with one having gone for over 8 million dollars in a public sale.
Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in New York, designing stained glass for an interior design firm. The leftover pieces of glass at the end of each work day inspired him to start designed lampshades from them. He did continue doing the design work for the firm for a while, but soon he began exclusively designing and creating his signature lamps. A few artists and craftspeople worked with him to create the lamps, which were art but that he intended to be used in people’s homes and used, rather than simply admired.
The light of the bridge lamp could be put by a chair or a desk and positioned so that the light would aim directly on the actual work or book that was being used. It was a very popular lamp for this purpose but also the antique bridge lamp became a favorite lamp to decorate the shade. With the shade hanging down, you were able to have a lot more freedom when it came to decorating.
Tiffany Table Lamps made today, if they’re true quality reproductions, all follow the same manufacturing process. A design is drawn on heavy cardboard and then traced onto the glass. The glass is cut and ground smooth, cleaned, assembled and soldered together with copper foil. Dale Tiffany is the contemporary manufacturer of the most authentic Tiffany reproductions available, staying true to the style and materials used originally.
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