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Tiffany lamps are some of the most sought after antique items today. People love them because of their unique designs representing the best of the art nouveau movement. The lamps were designed and produced at Tiffany Studios, operated by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 to 1933). Here are some things you should know about Tiffany lamps, their manufacturer, and value today.
What’s The Origin of Tiffany Studios?
Tiffany Studios was founded by Louis Tiffany, heir to Tiffany & Co., established by his father, Charles Tiffany (1812 to 1902). Louis was inspired by a visit he had, as a child, to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. On that visit, he had been fascinated by luminous colors from various glassworks on display. So, when his father left him in charge of the company, Louis started Tiffany Studio, entirely dedicated to making glass.
Within a short time, his business started attracting lucrative commissions such as that with the White House in Washington DC and Lyceum Theater in New York. In creating Tiffany lamps, Louis was inspired by Gothic stained glass, Persian designs, and influences from Asia and Europe. Each lamp was made by blowing favrile glass while incorporating a coiled bronze wire.
To design and create his lamps, Tiffany relied on some of the best artisans at that time. He wanted people who could pay attention to detail and painstakingly choose glass elements to create a lampshade. All of his designs conformed to the arts and crafts movement that prevailed at that time. He deployed men and women to do the delicate work of cutting and joining the glass together. That’s why you will find Tiffany lamps in a harmony of diverse colors, intricate patterns, and subtle tones.
Can The Condition Of A Lamp Affect Its Price?
When it comes to the condition at the time of purchase, Tiffany lamps aren’t different from other antiques. Since it has been in use for more than 100 years, you cannot expect it to be in perfect condition. If it is, then the lamp is fake. However, if the glass has a few cracks, it is worth buying. You would be surprised how much money buyers are willing to pay for an imperfect lamp. It is essential to check that the base is intact rather than falling apart.
How to Tell a Genuine Lamp from a Fake One
(Above photo - Art Nouveau Tiffany Table Lamp - Dragonfly Shade )
Like all types of antiques, Tiffany lamps have attracted fakers into creating imitations of the original items. Most of the reproductions sprang up in the 1970s, making it hard for you to tell if the lamp is genuine or fake. That’s why you should closely scrutinize the lamp to ensure it is an original version. Elements to look at including the pattern, patina, leading, and casting bronze method in the base. If you can’t do that, then you should hire a professional to appraise the item.
(Above photo - Art Nouveau Tiffany Floor Lamp Glass Shade Light )
There are so many Tiffany lamps out there that you will find one that meets your needs. Talk to us now if what you want is a genuine Tiffany lamp.
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