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Auction Name: 2021 April 29 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Including Art Deco & Art Nouveau - Dallas

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Tiffany Studios Leaded Glass and Patinated Bronze Nasturtium Lattice Floor Lamp, circa 1910
Marks to shade: TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK, 607-8
Marks to base: TIFFANY STUDIOS, NEW YORK, 379
63-3/4 x 26-1/2 (161.9 x 67.3 cm)

The creepers frame the openings, giving a charm and graceful unity to everything. They are great travelers, verily-tramps... What harmonizers! What decorative artists!... Can architectural embellishment, pediment, or cornice, surpass the fringe of living glory presented by the creepers. Always in style, exempt from even the dictation of Dame Fashion! Always mellowing, softening, harmonizing whithersoever they go... [1]

Of all of Tiffany Studios' leaded glass shade designs, those depicting flowering vines - wisteria, trumpet creeper, laburnum, and nasturtium - best demonstrate Tiffany Studios' ability to replicate nature, namely its unpredictability of form and line and its chromatic brilliance and variety. Tiffany Studios' Nasturtium Trellis shade (model no. 607), initially produced as a hanging shade and here presented on a beautifully patinated junior floor base (model no. 379), captures the interplay between rigid architectural and sinuous natural elements, one described by Tiffany Studios employee Samuel Howe. Here, as in the 26-1/2 inch Woodbine, Clematis, and Mixed Vine hangers, Tiffany utilized the trellis to provide structure to the large scale, faceted, polygonal form. It is composed of eight flat sides above a straight apron, all divided by eight "uprights" that intersect with several horizontal bands and extend below the apron.

Native to South America, nasturtium was common in American gardens by the turn of the century, offering bursts of brightly colored flowers atop distinctive circular leaves. The present shade demonstrates the various stages of the nasturtium vine's development as its scandent stem climbs and coils across the latticework. Its life cycle begins with a single sinuous stem crawling from top to bottom and accented only by a single butter yellow flower atop a cluster of leaves at the apron. As the vine migrates from left to right, it increases in density and vibrancy; the blossoms shift from delicate coral and apricot hues to bright lemon yellow to highly saturated tangerine, fuchsia, and crimson as it reaches full maturation and expression.

The deliberate and impactful glass selection is not limited to the blossoms, but rather evident throughout the complex composition. The trellis and nasturtium vine are set against the sky, which transitions from translucent glass streaked with indigo, violet, and ochre striations to a rich lapis blue, creating a striking contrast with the red-hued blooms. The negative space of the apron is interspersed with opalescent, mottled, and confetti pieces,
demonstrating the nearly the full range of Tiffany Studios' repertoire. Finally, the trellis itself is composed of a variety of greens, from olive to emerald to a seafoam-tinged opalescent glass, especially on the stalactite-like terminals on the apron. The present example of the Nasturtium Trellis lamp is a tour de force in terms of scale, composition, and execution that captures Tiffany's unmatched ability to imitate nature for decorative effect.

[1] Samuel Howe. "One Source of Color Values-Illustrating Mr. Louis C. Tiffany's Significant Handling of Things Greater than Architecture and One Source of His Strength in Color." House and Garden 10 (September 1906), pp.104-113.

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