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  • Overlooked Rules In Bathroom Lighting

    Arguably the bathroom is probably the most intimate room of your home. The bathroom is often that special place where you can go to be alone, go and switch-off – or even just go to grab that quiet 10 minutes of peace where no-one can disturb you. Don’t get me wrong, we love our family too – but sometimes everyone just needs some ‘me’ time.

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  • Three Home Decor Ideas For A More Elegant Kitchen

    When looking for kitchen home decor ideas over the Internet, most designers focus on small kitchens and how to make them look and feel bigger. The vast majority of articles and ideas are directed at small kitchens. But then, more and more people want space, so this trend is no longer relevant or helpful. In fact, large kitchens are just as popular today. You might know how to renovate a small kitchen, but what do you do about a big one? How do you properly optimize it? You have a large and spacious place with a modernist ambiance. Sure, you can always let your imagination go wild, but chances are you may not always be thoroughly satisfied with the result – you need expert advice.

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  • Secret Tips For Better Bedroom Lighting

    A recent study has suggested an average person spends 30% of their life in their bedroom. If this is the case, it needs to be fairly special right? Right. The lighting in this room influences your mood and spirit more than any other room in the house, so pay special attention when renovating it. Whether you opt for Tiffany lamps or an alternative lighting solution, just make sure that they are appropriate for your room and lifestyle. Just like when dealing with any other room, there are a few unwritten rules that guide you when making changes to this special room. Now, what does it take to come up with a perfect environment that will provide comfort for 30% of your life?

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  • Home Improvement Ideas - The Retro Style

    Home improvement trends come and go often without you even noticing them. This is a fact. But, if there is one trend that can successfully face the test of time, it surely has to be retro styling. The style of good fashion is eternal, so you do not have to worry about redecorating your home at every three or four months. Retro fashion enabled you to do this.vintage style teen girls bedrooms4

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  • Detailed Home Lighting Ideas For Your Bathroom

    Home lighting for a bathroom does not have to be a challenge, but remember this - never buy something just because it looks good in pictures or in a particular environment, making it relevant to your home is key. Using your imagine is often required, and it sounds bizarre, but practice ‘imagining’ the item in your home… As plenty of people make terrible choices. They fall in love with fixtures that are displayed in completely different decors, without actually understanding that they need to picture those things in their own bathrooms! It sounds basic right? However, too many homeowners unfortunately get fooled by the salesroom environment – forgetting what the item will look like in their actual home. All in all, a little research and education can go a long way in leading the way to smart choices.

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  • How Lighting Can Maximize Your Art Collection

    Art – especially paintings – often fills the space of your home with powerful aesthetic values that customize the overall décor; making your house special. Most homes have at least one painting that almost everyone overlooks – including the actual homeowners. When it comes to guests, overlooking such small details is almost impossible. They usually pay attention to these small details, often to the dismay of the homeowner! For this common issue, there is an equally common solution that everyone has access to – home lighting. A special lighting fixture can make all the difference in the world and turn a piece of art into a focal element of the room. We specialize in Tiffany Lamps, but any high quality lighting can make a real difference.

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  • Farmhouse Home Decor – Blending Classic Rural With Modern Chic

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    The old expression that fashion is just one big infinite cycle couldn’t be more true than with this style & home décor fashion. The classic farmhouse style is making a comeback in home décor & lighting, and its sumptuous ability to mix with the modern feel should get the back to the roots charm flowing through your whole house, regardless if you live rurally or not! Turn on your Tiffany Lamp, put your feet up – and enjoy the read.

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  • 4 Great Tips To De-Clutter Your Home

    Having a home that is a mess and being disorganized are bad signs. For one, these are signs of being irresponsible and unkempt. These are also signs of depression. Unfortunately, recent studies suggest that some people who suffer from depression are triggered because they have a lack of clear space and a dirty home that lacks organization Luckily, this below article helps overcome this – delivering 4 simples tips that will bring organization to your home.

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  • Home Decor This Fall - Maximising Your Style

    Fall is coming to town. The signs are heralding it’s coming, the days are shorter, and the temperature is dialing down a couple of notches. However, often your home will still resonate the outwardly eccentricities of the fleeting season, which is beginning to feel a little bit ‘off’.

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    It is Mother Nature. She rarely (if ever) gives a hoot about your preferences for the seasons. Therefore, it is up to you to get the most out of the coming season. The basics—pumpkin spice, warm tiffany lamps, fireplaces, and cozy blankets are high on the list: nonetheless, your home needs a tweak to be more in season.

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  • The Brutalist Style – Home Decor Comeback?

    Home decor comeback, or 'flash in the pan' fashion faux?

    Of all the styles making a run for it this fall, the Brutalist style is one of the most interesting. It is bold and not afraid to make a statement, complimenting all manner of Tiffany Lamps; with Brutalist décor offers a bolstering array of paraphernalia.

    Currently, there are whole buildings that embody the style. However, its most vocal components—its furniture and accessories— are the core reason why the crowd is embracing the style for fall.

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  • Simple Steps to Turn Your House Into a Home - Tiffany Lighting & More

    What makes a house a home? Is it the people who live there, or the memories made? How do you make your house feel like a home when starting from scratch in a new place? Well, the first step is to make the space feel like your own - personalize it and add things that make you feel comfortable. Tiffany Lamps or not, the below guide will help to make your house perfect.

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  • Pier Antique Show 2015 - The Best Tiffany Lighting in NYC?

     

    It was announced earlier today that the Pier Antique Show would be returning to New York City once again. This exciting news is bound to bring joy and anticipation in equal measure from the huge fan base that this antique show amasses. On display will be some of the best antiques in the state, from Tiffany Lamps through to furniture – you will find it at Pier Antique Show.

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  • PureLamps: Tiffany Lamps Showcase – Chapter 1

    A new feature that we will be running at PureLamps is our Tiffany Lamps ‘showcase’ article. The article you are currently reading is the first chapter in a series of feature articles that examining some of the Good, Better and Best Tiffany Lamps available in the market-place.

    We honestly believe that everybody should have the chance to bask in his or her very own Tiffany Lighting, regardless of disposable income. With this in mind, we will be highlighting some of the best Tiffany Lamps available, at prices accessible for everyone.

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  • 12 Easy Steps To Extend Summer In Your Home

    As Summer draws to a close and we start turning on the Tiffany Lamps - it feels like our homes  need a little makeover to extend the summer vibe. We have tips for livening up every room in your house, from décor recommendations to Tiffany lamp suggestions - with these twelve quick and easy tips you’ll transform your home from drab to fab in a matter of moments!

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    1. Wake up your bedroom: Switch up the look of your bedroom instantaneously with light coloured new sheets. Opt for pastels and florals and don’t be afraid of mixing several colours together. Change your sheets and bedding from warm flannels and thick cotton to silky satins and linen. Not only will you avoid boiling in your sheets, but if you also switch to straight white bed linens, you’re creating a luxurious beach-house feel to your home. Continue reading

  • Why Homeowners Love Tiffany Lamps

    Everyone has at one point in their life come across the classical Tiffany leaded glass lamp, whether it’s been the gorgeous piece of decor your parents cherished in their living room, in an antique store window casting it’s warm glow on all the elaborate valuables around it, or in a movie - sitting as a silent status symbol on an important characters desk. The iconic lamp that still carries the torch of the Art Nouveau movement far into the 2010’s,  shows no signs of decline in popularity, as it remains a must-have for every stylish homeowner.

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  • Tiffany Lamps: The Perfect Item To Invest In – A Guide For Collectors

    This article will summarise the best items to collect, and equally provide guidance for which items to avod from an investment perspectve.


     

    Through mankind’s ingenuity - goods & collectables have always been produced, from illustrious Tiffany Lamps, through to novelty toys & figurines. Our drive to ‘make and create’ as a species, produces countless items that have had gained enough popularity for their value to transcend the decades.

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    The idea of collating items solely for the purpose of collecting is not a new phenomenon. The earliest human records reference the great collection held in the Library of Alexandria, constructed in the 3rd Century BC. The sole aim of this institution was to collect all known global- knowledge, compiling it in a central Egyptian nucleus.

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  • 1 Simple Trick To Transform Your Home

    Have you been feeling like your home is in need of freshening up or a change in décor, but do not feel like spending thousands of dollars on a remodel? (Not to mention the amount of time that such a project takes to complete!) One solution is to buy new accessories; when done correctly, adding a few simple elements can do a lot to liven up a space. Lighting in particular is especially helpful in these endeavors as they can be used for their form, as an attractive decoration, and for their function, which is, obviously, to give light and brighten up a space. Tiffany lamps are the perfect example of a simple change that can totally transform your home.

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    What Can Tiffany Lamps Do For You?

    There is a reason Tiffany lamps have remained popular for over a century—they are absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous.

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  • Stunning Tiffany Lamps Sell For Over $1 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

    Designed at the turn of the century (1901 to be exact), a handful of incredibly rare Tiffany Lamps recently came up for auction at the esteemed Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. In superb condition, this collection of timeless classics wowed both bidders and spectators alike, with the most impressive pieces fetching a staggering $1.1 Million and $1.2 Million each (pictured below)

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    The pair of Tiffany Lamps in question, which broke the million-dollar mark, were two identical and original Wisteria-inspired designs. These two lamps had been in the collector’s estate for over three decades, having been acquired at separate times, years apart, therefore ensuring a perfect pair were formed. So rare is it to have two identical, yet flawless Tiffany Table Lamps on display in the same auction; New York was fascinated.

    The aforementioned Tiffany Lamps were not the only stunning pieces of Tiffany Lighting displayed at the auction. With a surprisingly large 34 unique lots, the New York auction house boasted an array of beautiful Tiffany Style Lamps seldom seen at similar auctions across the state.

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  • Tiffany Lamp Steals The Show In Arizona Auction

    new-york-windowThe heat of the midday Arizona sun rippled gently on the asphalt in front of the auction-house. It was a little over 105F, but this hadn’t deterred the increasing amount of visitors and collectors alike, to descent on the first major Heritage Auction of the season.

    For those not ‘in the know’, Heritage Auctions is fast becoming the most trusted marketplace to buy and sell rare collectable artifacts, precious jewelry and art in the United States. They blend floor-auctions with a huge online user-base; creating a fast-paced and exciting experience for both those partaking in the bidding, and also for those spectating.

    The auction house’s reputation attracts attendants from all over the State, from those who are just looking to grab a sneak-peak at the plethora of rare items on display – to others looking to sell or buy a prized possession. It’s no wonder people are attracted by such an esteemed reputation, with Heritage generating over $90 million dollars in auction sales last year. If you can’t sell your special item here, where can you?

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  • Beast or Beauty? Rare Tiffany Lamps

    A stained glass lamp might not be the first thing you expect to see when you enter the National Gallery of Australia, unless it used to belong to a historically significant person. However, as you go around the floors filled with exhibition after exhibition, you’ll come to notice a very peculiar looking lamp. It has European carps beautifully crafted out of glass to bring the whole concept into life.

    Tiffany style lamps used to be a sign of wealth and luxurious surroundings, as the lamps were designed by the famed interior designer Louis Comfort Tiffany himself, the original founder of Tiffany Studios. These days the original lamps are considered art and pieces of history, and they are kept in museums for all the world to see.

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  • Clara Driscoll & Tiffany Studios

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    This is a question asked every March by troglodytes upset over the fact that men do not have their own month to celebrate their history. The reason for this disparity is glaringly obvious—men already have the other eleven months. The mainstream historical narrative is largely the story of men’s history. It is important to remember that the idea that men and women should be treated equally is a fairly new concept. For most of history, power has been in the hands of men, our historical sources were largely written by men, and women were often marginalized, thought of as lesser, or stricken from the record. One of the main goals of revisionist historical study is not to undermine the accomplishments of the (usually white) man, but to recognize that our history has been shaped by a wide variety of people and that these individuals deserve our attention as well, even if their role was obscured, omitted, or downplayed by their peers. One example of a hidden or forgotten female legacy can be found in the story of Clara Driscoll, an artisan who played an integral role in the creation of iconic Tiffany lamps.

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  • Tiffany Studios Pieces Dazzle Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

    A recent auction held at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is yet another example of the timeless appeal of original Tiffany Studios products. Over 3,000 bidders descended upon the auction house in an attempt to purchase their own little piece of American design history. Though the physical turnout was moderate, phone, absentee, and internet bids were in abundance, resulting in an auction that grossed $1.1 million, with many items selling for far above their estimates.

    When asked about this impressive showing, which included the highest number of bidders in Fontaine Auction Gallery’s 45-year history, John Fontaine remarked, “When you have high-quality, fresh-to-the-market material to sell, customers will come in droves to bid on these items, and that’s what we had with this auction.”

    Without a doubt, the stars of this February 28 auction proved to be items from Tiffany Studios, including pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, and hanging lamps, though products such as Duffner & Kimberly lamps and creations from artists like Stanislas Grimaldi, Bassill Grachev, and Harriet Frishmuth also proved to be quite popular.

    The highest grossing item was a Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern (shown on the right), which came in to the auction with a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, but ended up selling for an impressive $133,100. Measuring 34 inches in height, the exquisite lantern had gold, amber, and opaque glass geometric fish scale on its tapered cylindrical body, a domical upper and lower door, 12-point feathered crown, and an eye-catching border of 25 amber jeweled cabochons—it was an absolutely dazzling piece and no one was surprised when it sold for more than four times its estimate.

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  • The Top 5 Places To Find Tiffany Lamps

    Tiffany lamps are a beautiful piece of American design history, but the average individual is unlikely to be able to afford a Tiffany original, as they can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Luckily, there are gorgeous Tiffany-style reproductions that come in all shapes and sizes and are available in a wide range of prices. If you are in the market for a Tiffany-style lamp, check out the handy list below for the top five places to purchase them.

     

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    They may not be Tiffany originals, but Tiffany-style lamps can still be found in small specialty shops and antique stores around the country. Pricing largely depends on the store, and, in the case of antique dealers, how much the seller thinks the item is worth. Many specialty shops design and make their Tiffany-style lamps in-house, allowing you to buy directly from the creator. Finding these places is fairly simple, and typically only requires a Google search. The best part is that these stores often have a physical location and an online shopping option, meaning that buyers are not constrained by distance. Some examples of stores in which Tiffany-style lamps can be found include the following:

    1. Reflections (713 Main Street, Bolton, MA)
    2. Roussel’s Specialty Shop (177 West Pine Street, Ponchatoula, LA)
    3. Century Studios (1816 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN)
    4. Keener Lighting Company (701 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN)
    5. Big Sky Studio (312 Scenic Avenue, Pagosa Springs, CO)

     

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  • Shedding Light On The History Of Tiffany Lamps

    Tiffany lamps refer to stained glass leaded lamps that were designed and produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who started his career as a designer for stained glass windows, and his studio. Though for many years it was thought that Tiffany himself was responsible for all of the designs, such was not the case. In fact, the designer behind the more creative pieces was Clara Driscoll, a designer for the company who was one of the highest-paid women of her time, making $10,000 per year. Her role in the process was not known until the 2000s, when her letters were rediscovered by various researchers. This revelation was celebrated in 2006 with the New York Historical Society’s “A New Light on Tiffany” exhibit.

    The first Tiffany lamp was created in 1883--just four years after Edison invented the light bulb, an innovation that Tiffany took full advantage of, pairing it with his stained glass lamps to produce dazzling colors that shone through the glass. Most lamps were created between 1900 and 1920 and, unlike today, they were not considered works of art, and sold for $100 to $200. Each lamp was handmade, not machine-produced and they remained popular until the 1930s, when Tiffany Studios closed. Tiffany himself died in 1933; following his death, his lamps declined in popularity and people threw them out as trash. They were rediscovered in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when people became aware of their beauty and potential value. Original Tiffany lamps suddenly became highly sought-after antiques; those whose designs were repeated, have sold for anywhere between $30,000 and $300,000, while lamps that were produced on commission and are unique have sold for over $1 million. Today, the term “Tiffany lamp” or “Tiffany-style lamp” is used to describe stained glass lamps, regardless of their origin. In a quest for cheaper manufacturing costs, production has been moved overseas, with the end results being sold as “Tiffany-inspired” lamps.

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  • Tiffany Lamps: A Celebration of Nature

    The natural world is a major source of inspiration in the lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and other Tiffany Studios designers, the talented artist Clara Driscoll in particular. Tiffany’s country homes always had magnificent gardens, in which he expressed his love of nature and color. The vibrant colors of flowers and other natural subjects such as dragonflies and peacocks were carefully and accurately reproduced in glass and placed in the shades of Tiffany leaded glass lamps.

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    Tiffany’s interest in nature went hand in hand with another strong influence, the art and design of non-Western cultures, particularly Japan. The depiction of flowers, trees, vines and other elements of the natural world such as spiders and fish was common in the Japanese art admired by Tiffany. These natural images had a direct influence on the lamp shade and base designs. Tiffany lamp experts point to the peony and wisteria, commonly used in Tiffany lamps, as being particularly symbolic in Japanese art and culture.

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  • How to Choose a Tiffany Ceiling Fan

    Lighted ceiling fans are practical and energy efficient solutions to both lighting a room and controlling its temperature. Ceiling fans can be used in both warm and cool weather to circulate air, and the variety of light fixture options and styles for ceiling fans make them a popular home decorating option.

    During the summer months, a ceiling fan that operates in the standard direction can cool the air in a room by as much as eight degrees. This allows you to cut back on air conditioning and reduce energy costs. Because warm air rises, in the winter you can run a ceiling fan in reverse mode to bring the warm air back down lower into the room and make the room warmer. For more energy savings, make sure to turn the fan off when you leave a room.

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  • Some Rare Tiffany Lamp Styles

    Tiffany Studios made lamps in many different forms. There was a great variety in both shade and base styles. Some Tiffany lamp styles were very popular at the time of manufacture, and continue to be among the most famous lamp styles reproduced today. These include many of the floral shades, such as the Peony, Apple Blossom, Wisteria and Poppy. Among the non-floral shades, the Dragonfly and Peacock are still popular.

    But Louis Comfort Tiffany created some unusual and interesting shades that were rare during his time and remain less well-known today. Tiffany lamp fans may not be aware of some of the more unusual forms, even though they are quite striking and remarkable. Here are just a few examples of Tiffany’s lesser-known lamps.

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    Iris lantern: A very rare hanging lamp in the form of a lantern, the Iris lantern features glass panels with beautifully colored blue and purple irises and green iris foliage against a blue sky background. The bronze frame of the lamp is in the form of tall, slender iris foliage. The Iris lantern is 22 inches high and 13 inches in diameter, and is suspended from a chain. There are only three examples of the Iris lantern model known to exist today. Continue reading

  • Lighting and Color in Interior Design

    The interplay of light and color is an important factor to consider when making interior decorating decisions. Design elements like paint color and lamp brightness can work together to create a successful cohesive look in a space. The wrong combination of light and color can spoil the look and feel of a room. How do you make sure that you are making the right light and color choices? Interior design experts have a few simple tips to help guide home decorators through the process.

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    Test out the paint color: The most important piece of advice from designers is to thoroughly test out a new paint color choice in a room. Get samples of your preferred paint colors and paint a good sized poster board with each color. Take the color samples all around the room at different times of the day to test out the color in daylight and artificial light. Make sure to put the sample up against every wall and look at it from all angles. Put the sample near each lamp and light fixture, making sure that every bulb brightness is tested if the light is on a dimmer. If you are doing a complete redecoration, make sure the lights still have their shades and the room is not cleared of furniture when testing the paint color. Continue reading

  • Edison, Tiffany and Early Electric Lighting

    The famed inventor Thomas Edison received a patent for the light bulb in early 1880. Soon after that, he founded an electric utility company that began supplying electricity to cities around the U.S. Around this same time, Louis Comfort Tiffany was working as an interior designer and beginning his experiments in developing new glassmaking techniques. This glass was used in a variety of applications such as stained glass windows and mosaic tiles. Tiffany’s glass also eventually found its way into Tiffany-designed lamps, both fuel oil and the new electric lamp. Tiffany’s work overlapped with Edison’s and the iconic Tiffany lamp was soon born.

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    But the work of Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany did not simply coincide at a point in time. Edison and Tiffany knew each other and collaborated together, most notably on the design of the Lyceum Theatre on Park Avenue South in New York City (a different building than the current Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, which opened after the original Lyceum was torn down in 1902). The Lyceum is thought to be the first theater lit entirely by electricity, and the first theater to make use of electric footlights.

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  • The Jewelry of Louis Comfort Tiffany

    Louis Comfort Tiffany’s exquisite Tiffany & Co. jewelry designs share similar characteristics with the famous Tiffany lamps and other decorative objects he made for Tiffany Studios. Tiffany was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of the famous jewelry store Tiffany & Co. Tiffany began his career as an interior designer and branched out into the design and manufacture of glass, tile and metal objects beginning in the late 1800s. It was only with the death of his father that Tiffany took more of an active role with Tiffany & Co., particularly in the area of jewelry design.

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    In 1902, Tiffany became the Art Director of his father’s firm. He established the Artistic Jewelry Department at the famous Tiffany & Co. flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City. It was there that his designs for fine jewelry and other objects were manufactured.

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  • The Story of the Tiffany Garden Museum of Japan

    Japan was home to one of the most significant collections of Tiffany lamps and other objects until only just recently. The history of the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum of Japan is an interesting one for any fan of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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    The museum began with the personal collection of an enthusiastic Tiffany collector named Takeo Horiuchi. Mr. Horiuchi had been acquiring a large collection of Tiffany pieces, which he was keeping in storage rooms. He then attended a Tiffany traveling exhibition called “The Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany” in 1992. The exhibition was curated by Alistair Duncan, an authority on Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorative arts. Horiuchi was impressed by Duncan’s expertise and invited him to tour his personal collection. Duncan was astonished by the number of high quality Tiffany Studios pieces, including many lamps, owned by Horiuchi. The two men began working together, with Duncan assisting Horiuchi in the collection of more Tiffany objects, always with the goal of acquiring only the finest examples of the work of Tiffany Studios.

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  • Home Lighting Design Basics

    The idea of creating a lighting design plan for your home may sound complicated, but good lighting design is one of the most important aspects of interior decorating, whether you are working with a large house, small apartment or even a single room. Professional lighting designers can create complex plans for large public spaces, but for the home decorator, there are just a few simple ideas to keep in mind.

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    Layering: Layering is an important concept in lighting design. Layering simply means using different types of light in a space so it can be adjusted and adapted to different situations. Layering not only provides flexibility and functionality, but it is also a great way to add visual interest to a room. Many of us use layering without even being aware of it, but a layering plan can transform a space from bland to exciting. The three types of lighting used in layering are ambient, task and accent lighting. A well designed room incorporates all of these lighting styles. Continue reading

  • Lighting Design Ideas for the Bedroom

    Making the right lighting choices for your bedroom will ensure that this room is the perfect place, not only for relaxing, but for other activities such as reading, working at the computer, putting on makeup and watching television. Bedrooms are seldom just for sleeping. Many bedrooms, particularly larger master bedrooms and master bedroom suites, are designed as multi-functional private living spaces, meant to be an intimate retreat from the more public areas of the home.

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    What type of lighting works best in bedrooms? Designers recommend avoiding overhead ceiling lights in this room. The most appropriate lighting choices are table lamps beside the bed or wall lights behind the bed. This type of lighting gives the room a warm feel, and ideally should be dimmable. Proper bedside lighting is an important consideration in the bedroom. Bedside lights should be bright enough to read by at night, and well-placed so that no shadows are cast on the book. The best bedside lighting can be turned on and off from the bed, and there should be individually controllable lights on both sides of a double bed.

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  • The Tiffany Lamp Collection of Dr. Egon Neustadt

    Dr. Egon Neustadt is recognized as one of the most important experts in Tiffany lamps. Starting with a single lamp purchase in the 1930s, he quickly became a serious collector and authority on the lamps until his death in the 1980s. Along with his wife Hildegard, Neustadt acquired a large personal collection of the finest Tiffany lamps and windows. At the time of his death, his home was filled with hundreds of Tiffany lamps, as well as windows. Over 130 of the lamps are now housed at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan.

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    Neustadt was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York. He was an orthodontist and also a successful real estate developer. His Tiffany collection began in 1935 with the purchase of a desk lamp from a Greenwich Village antique shop. During this time period, Tiffany lamps had lost their original popularity with the public due to changing tastes and styles, and the lamps would not see a resurgence of interest until the 1950s. At the time he began collecting, Tiffany lamps were very affordable, usually in the $35-$50 range. Neustadt reportedly said that his friends did not like the original lamp when he brought it home and placed it on his desk. That did not deter his interest in Tiffany lamps, and he began to acquire a definitive collection of nearly every type of lamp made by Tiffany, well before they became popular again.

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  • Some Recent Tiffany Lamp Auction Highlights

    Many of the major U.S. auction houses hold regular 20th century art and antiques auctions that feature some of the finest Tiffany lamps available for purchase. Auctions featuring Tiffany lamps always generate a lot of attention, as antique lovers enjoy hearing about record-breaking Tiffany lamp auction prices and seeing high quality photographs of them on the Internet and in auction catalogs.

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  • Tiffany Glass Artist Agnes F. Northrop

    Louis Comfort Tiffany employed many talented artists and designers through the years. Most of them were men, but two female artists stand out. Clara Wolcott Driscoll, credited as the designer of many iconic Tiffany floral leaded glass lamps, has enjoyed a renewed popularity recently. The other woman artist worth noting is Agnes Fairchild Northrop, an accomplished designer of many spectacular Tiffany floral and landscape stained glass windows.

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    From his earliest years as an artist and designer in the 1800s, Tiffany had always been drawn to natural and floral imagery, and skillfully incorporated it into his work. The unique textured and opalescent glass he created (known as Favrile glass) found its way into many of his most famous lamps and windows. Among the windows, Agnes F. Northrop is recognized as the primary creative force behind the floral and landscape designs.

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  • A Guide to the Different Types of Light Fixtures

    Choosing the right type of lighting source for a particular room is an essential element of interior design. Light plays a large role in enhancing the mood and feeling of a room. The style of a light fixture and the quality of light that it provides are equally important. Good lighting design takes both the look of the light source and the type of light that it emits into consideration.

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    Here is a run-down of the different types of light fixtures and how each can enhance the atmosphere of a room:

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  • Tiffany Lamps and Desk Sets

    Louis Comfort Tiffany is famous for creating the iconic Tiffany lamp. Fans of the Tiffany lamp might not realize that many of the lamps were designed to be sold not just individually, but as part of a matching desk set that contained many other accessories in addition to the lamps.

    Tiffany experts have identified over fifteen different desk set styles that were produced in the early years of the 20th century. While lamps and other items in the desk sets could be sold individually, they were created as a complete set. The minimum number of pieces in a desk set was nine. Besides lamps, sets could also include blotters, inkstands, pen and paper trays, letter openers, memo pad holders, stamp boxes and calendars.

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  • The Influence of Ancient Glass on the Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany

    Louis Comfort Tiffany’s innovative glass artistry stems in large part from his interest in glass objects from the ancient world. Tiffany admired and collected many beautiful objects from around the world. Some of the most significant items in his personal collections were early glass pieces that greatly influenced his own work in glass art and design.

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    Tiffany acquired many types of antique glass objects from all over the world. His collection contained glass bottles from ancient Greece, fragments of glass from Tudor England, Venetian glass perfume bottles and flasks, and an assortment of ancient Roman and Syrian glass.

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  • The Four Most Popular Tiffany Floral Lamp Styles

    Admirers of Tiffany lamps all have their particular favorite styles and forms. While some people prefer the geometrical Arts and Crafts designs, and some love the naturalistic dragonfly or peacock styles, the floral lamp forms are certainly the most popular. Tiffany Studios created many world famous floral lamp designs. Louis Comfort Tiffany was obviously the guiding creative force of the company and put his stamp of approval on all products. However, many people don’t realize that some of the most famous floral lamps were designed and executed by a group of very talented female Tiffany Studios glass artists, particularly Clara Driscoll, the head of what was called the “Women’s Glass Cutting Department,” also known as the “Tiffany Girls.”

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  • The Five Classic Tiffany Lamp Types

    When people think of Tiffany lamps, most form an image in their minds of the most popular, “classic” style Tiffany lamp, a medium to large sized table lamp with a bronze base and the iconic leaded glass shade, either in a floral (or other nature-inspired motif) or geometric design. These beautiful lamps are justifiably popular, but there are many other lamp styles created by Louis Comfort Tiffany over the course of his career.

    Tiffany lamp expert Robert Koch outlined a list of the five recognized types of Tiffany lamps. While some may not be as familiar as the classic, multi-colored floral styles, there are fine examples of Tiffany’s artistry among all of the different lamp types.

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  • How to Clean a Tiffany Lamp

    There are a few simple tips to keep in mind when it’s time to clean your Tiffany lamp. The products and procedures used will vary, depending on the type of lamp, what it’s made of, and if it is antique or modern. Lamp care is more complicated for a valuable antique lamp than it is for a more affordable modern reproduction. The cleaning of a thrift shop find, covered in years of dirt and dust, will be more involved than routine cleaning of a new lamp right out of the box.

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    In general, the cleaning of a Tiffany style lamp can be divided into two main steps. The first is cleaning the glass shade, and the second is cleaning the base, whether it is metal or some other material. Tiffany style shades can be one solid piece of colored glass, or more commonly, what is known as leaded glass. Leaded glass is simply pieces of stained glass held together by lead (or other metal) bars, called “cames.”

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  • A Tour of Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

    You don’t need to travel to special museums or galleries to see fine examples of the glass art of Louis Comfort Tiffany in person. Tiffany created many stained glass windows that are installed in public buildings, particularly churches, in both large cities and small towns all around the United States. Chances are there’s a Tiffany window to see in a public building near you.

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    Here are just a few must-see stained glass window destinations for Tiffany lovers to visit:

    The Beecher Mansion, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan: A beautiful six panel Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company window that was installed in 1894 over the mansion’s grand staircase. Images depict a figure thought to be the Muse of Music holding Cupid, who is playing a musical instrument. The windows also feature doves and musical notations from the songs “There’s No Place Like Home” and the “Star Spangled Banner.”

    St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn, Massachusetts: Contains over 41 Tiffany windows, thought to be among the oldest ecclesiastical windows produced by Tiffany, commissioned in 1879-80, with the final installation in 1881. All of the windows in this church are made of stained and textured glass, with no added painting. Highlights include a pair of tall (lancet) windows with scenes of St. Stephen preaching as a child and the stoning of St. Stephen, and two circular (rose) windows depicting the annunciation and the ascension. Continue reading

  • A Tiffany Chronology

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    1848 - Louis Comfort Tiffany born in New York City to Harriet and Charles Lewis Tiffany (founder of Tiffany and Co.)

    1866 – Tiffany studies painting with George Inness, famous American landscape painter.

    1872 – Marries Mary Woodbridge Goddard.

    1873 – Tiffany begins earliest experiments with glass.

    1879 – Establishes Louis C. Tiffany & Associated Artists, an interior design company, with several colleagues.

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  • The Influence of Asian Art on the Work of Louis Comfort Tiffany

    Louis Comfort Tiffany is universally acknowledged as a man of exceptional taste who had an extraordinary eye for beauty. He was also an enthusiastic collector throughout his life, and filled his homes with treasures he acquired over the years. Tiffany had a particular interest in Asian art, especially Japanese, Chinese and Islamic works. His country estate on Long Island, Laurelton Hall, served as a showcase for these collections.

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    Tiffany experts attribute his affinity for Asian art to his love for well-crafted, useful objects, especially items small enough to hold in his hands. He filled his home with museum-style shelving to display his extensive collection of Japanese objects, including tobacco pouches and pipes, netsuke figures, tea caddies and bowls, vases, beads and lacquer boxes. His Chinese collection included a large number of cups, vases, bowls, jars, hairpins, incense burners and snuff bottles, many crafted out of rare and precious materials.

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  • A Brief Overview of Tiffany Blown Glass Lamps

    Louis Comfort Tiffany had a strong interest in all forms of glass styles and glassmaking techniques. Besides making the glass sections so well-known in his windows, tiles and mosaics, he also had a long standing fascination with blown glass, as exemplified by his exquisite iridescent glass vases and bowls. Tiffany lamp shades were crafted from both blown glass forms as well as pieces of glass mosaic.

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    Tiffany experts generally divide Tiffany’s blown glass production period into three phases, all associated with work done at Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, New York. The early period from 1892 to 1900 is notable for his experimental work with forms and colors. 1900 to 1918 is considered to be the peak period of production. The late period, from 1918 to 1928, is characterized by his association with English glassmaker Arthur J. Nash.

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  • How to Repair a Tiffany Lamp Shade

    What do you do when a piece of glass in your Tiffany style lamp shade has broken? Obviously, owners of real Tiffany lamps or similar high value antique lamps would want to take their lamps to a professional restorer. There are also many lamp repair shops that can fix and refurbish glass lamp shades. However, if you own a modern, less expensive Tiffany lamp that has sustained some damage, there are a few easy ways to save money on professional lamp repair and tackle the job yourself.

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  • Identifying Quality Tiffany Style Vintage Lamps

    While many people are admirers of genuine Tiffany lamps, the idea of actually owning one is beyond the reach of most of us. For buyers in the market for Tiffany style lamps, there are many options at virtually all price points. Brand new lamps are readily available in a wide variety of retail outlets. Vintage Tiffany style lamps are very appealing to those looking for something with as much charm and character as a real Tiffany, but at a more modest price.

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    There are several quality lamp manufacturers to become familiar with if you are seeking a vintage Tiffany style lamp. Many of these companies began producing lamps in the late 1800s and early 1900s to meet the growing demand for attractive lamps with glass shades in the Tiffany style. Some companies sought to produce lamps as close in quality to Tiffany as possible. Antique lamp experts point to the firms Duffner & Kimberly and Gorham as examples of highly regarded Tiffany style lamp makers.

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  • Masterpieces in Glass: The Tiffany Windows of Laurelton Hall

    Louis Comfort Tiffany’s country estate in Long Island, New York served as a showplace for some of his most important works. Tiffany created a museum-like environment to house many of his best pieces, including several spectacular leaded glass windows. These windows highlighted Tiffany’s expertise, both in the floral and nature-themed designs familiar to lovers of Tiffany lamps, but also his artistic skill in creating human figures.

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  • The Earliest Tiffany Lamps

    What are the origins of the famous lamps made by Louis Comfort Tiffany? How did he begin creating lamps during the earliest days of the new modern era of electric lighting?

     

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    Many Tiffany experts believe that the lamps evolved out of his original work in glass windows, mosaics and tiles. In the late 1800s Tiffany was involved in the design and manufacture of many impressive glass products, such as stained glass windows for public buildings like churches.

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  • Understanding the differences between Tiffany Studios and Tiffany & Co.

    One of the most common questions asked by those new to the world of Louis Comfort Tiffany is about the relationship between Tiffany Studios (manufacturer of Tiffany lamps) and Tiffany & Co. (the luxury jewelry retailer). While Tiffany Studios and Tiffany & Co. have always been completely separate businesses, their stories are closely intertwined due to both familial connections and the artistic accomplishments of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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    The precursor of Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany, Young and Ellis) was founded in New York City in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany (Louis Comfort Tiffany’s father) and John B. Young. They referred to their store as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium.” In 1853 it became Tiffany & Company when Charles took control of the business and began to focus on jewelry.

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  • The Tiffany Pink Lotus Lamp

    In December 1997, Christie’s Auction House in New York City sold a rare and exquisite Tiffany lotus lamp (ca. 1900-1910) for a record-breaking $2.8 million. This Tiffany lamp remains the most expensive lamp ever sold, even to the present day.

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    What makes this particular Tiffany lamp so special? There are several reasons why this lamp is so unique. First and foremost is the exceptional three dimensional form of the lamp itself. The shade consists of an inner ring of softly glowing pink lotus bulbs hanging downwards from brass stems. Surrounding these individually lit globe-like flower forms is an outer shade consisting of lotus blossoms and leaves in stunning shades of pink, orange, red and green glass.

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  • Tiffany Lamps on the Antiques Roadshow

    Antiques Roadshow has been a favorite television show for lovers of art and antiques for many years. It’s always exciting when someone comes to the Roadshow with a true treasure that they had no idea was so valuable. This has happened with several items over the years, and many viewers may recall particular pieces of furniture, paintings, and Native American artifacts.

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    Some genuine Tiffany lamps have also made memorable appearances on the Antiques Roadshow through the years. A few fortunate visitors to the Roadshow were thrilled to learn that the antique lamp they inherited from a relative was in fact a true gem originally crafted by Tiffany Studios. Here are a few Tiffany lamp highlights which Antiques Roadshow fans may recall:

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  • Cute Overload: Tiffany Accent Lamps

    Of all the types of Tiffany lamps, small sized accent lamps just may be the most charming and irresistible. Tiffany accent lamps come in a variety of forms and sizes. An accent lamp is the perfect decorating choice when creating a mood or feeling in a room or small space.

     

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    What exactly is an accent lamp? Interior design experts define accent lamps as small table lamps, usually no more than 22 inches high from the base to the top of the shade or finial (some can be much smaller than 22 inches). Accent lamp shades are also small in size, generally smaller than 12 inches, both in width and height.

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  • Works of Art: Tiffany Lamps in Museum Collections

    While many people are admirers of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, not everyone has seen a genuine Tiffany lamp (not to mention Tiffany stained glass windows or decorative objects such as vases) in person. Fans of Tiffany can not only purchase Tiffany style lamps and art glass for their homes, but they can also see the real thing at many museums around the U.S.

    Here are just a few must-see museum destinations for Tiffany aficionados:

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  • 5 Easy Tips for Decorating with Tiffany Lamps

    A Tiffany lamp is a stunning and eye-catching feature in any room, but how do you match the right lamp with the design elements of a particular room? Consider how the color and style of the shade will tie in to the room’s overall feel. Is the space light and airy or warm and dark? Is the décor sleek and modern or vintage and ornate? A lamp with an elegant and graceful wisteria style shade might be just the thing in a home filled with Victorian antiques. A clean, structural Mission style lamp is the perfect addition to a room with Craftsman furniture.

    Here are some ideas to ensure that your Tiffany lamp is a picture-perfect component of your room’s décor:

    Isn’t it Romantic: To enhance the romance of a master bedroom, consider purchasing a Tiffany lamp with romantic features, such as a table lamp with a softly lighted base, a small accent lamp with a flower shaped shade, or an elegant torchiere style floor lamp.

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  • Identifying The Quality of Real Tiffany Lamps

              For authentic antique collectors one of the most import factors about any piece is its worth. Unless you love the sheer art or pastime of collecting genuine items, the price will most assuredly be the driving force behind your hobby. Tiffany lamps are a certain rarity to come across in this day and age. Most pieces belong to avid collectors that are not willing to part with them, while the rest can only be traded at the right price.

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    Legitimate Tiffany lamps that came directly from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany are worth as much as 5 to 7-digits in our current day and age. Over the decades there have been several reproductions made by such companies as WilkinsonDuffner & Kimberly and Gorham that look so real it's difficult to tell them from the originals. The following content provides a simple method of identifying real Tiffany lamps in comparison to the reproductions, thus revealing how the value of the pieces may be impacted.

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  • A Brief Look At a Glass Genius

                Very little has to be said of Louis Comfort Tiffany other than every piece of glass this man ever touched or had command over became part of something absolutely genius and legendary. Although it must be said that Tiffany had many wonderful glass artisans and helpers in his studios over the years, this never would have come about without a young man's ambitiousness and appreciation for special glass.

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    Unlike many other rich kids throughout the course of history, young Louis chose to leave his own mark in the world instead of only inheriting the incredible fortune that his parents worked so hard for in the business domain. Tiffany was born during the mid 19th century and went through his art studies in New York and eventually in Paris. While he was in France he met a man named Emile Galle that would impact him to an extent. Galle was an art glass producer and this was during the time when the Art Nouveau movement was arising. During this point in his life Tiffany had not yet only been focusing solely on glass, as he was quite impressed with ancient Roman pottery, Japanese and art from the Middle East.

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  • Important Tips About Cleaning Your Tiffany Lamps

              As beautiful as those genuine Louis Comfort Tiffany or reproduced lamps you have certainly might be, they will need to be cleaned from time to time in order to do them justice and keep them looking top-notch. But there is a special way you will need to carry out this cleaning task. The last thing you would ever want is to be doing is cleaning your Tiffany lamp and cause it any damage. So please feel free to pick up some cleaning tips below and retain the great Tiffany tradition by keeping those lamps shining brilliantly!

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    Before doing any cleaning with a lamp just be sure it's unplugged first. You should always make certain to keep your gorgeous Tiffany lamps dusted properly and routinely with a feather duster or a soft dry cloth. Keep in mind that depending on where you keep your lamps, content in the air will certainly attach itself to them in one form or another. This is especially true for those lamps that you are keeping in the kitchen, as they may have cooking grease on them. You will need to don some rubber gloves if you want to clean off any grease residue. As well, you will need to dab a tiny quantity of degreaser onto a cloth in order to clean up both the base and lampshade.

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  • Special Pieces and Types of Tiffany Lamps

              Many antique dealers and enthusiasts alike will have probably heard about Tiffany lamps and how rare it is to come into any authentic pieces. The Tiffany Studios were only producing unique lampshades from the later 1890s up until just after 1933 when Louis Comfort Tiffany (founder and fellow glass artisan) passed away. The company would go bankrupt, which was not such a justifiable ending to a company that had the presidential whitehouse and Mark Twain on its list of clientele. Tiffany lamps were manufactured during the Art Nouveau era and it was typically the higher classed and wealthier Americans that were the largest consumers of these masterpieces. Found below are some of the lampshade types and valuable pieces that are still lingering around until this very day.

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    There are primarily seven categories of Tiffany lamps. Louis Tiffany first started out as an artist before he got into stained glass making and then onto lampshades. He hired professional craftsmen and artists who were good with glass. Tiffany came out with his own glass types and the first kind he was quite well known for was Favrile. Such a glass type was inspired by international architecture, which Tiffany carefully noted and recalled on his worldly travels as a young man.

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  • Tiffany Style Lamps - Carrying On The Tradition

              Gone are the days of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios creating unique masterpieces of the late 19th century and into the early 20th. The list of Tiffany clients grew large with some of them famous and a majority of them quite wealthy. Today you are most fortunate if you possess an authentic Tiffany lamp piece with their distinctive lead bases and intricate stained glass. They are also worth small fortunes, with some totally in the hundreds of thousands to even in the millions. But for the rest of us less fortunate, we are still able to keep the Tiffany tradition alive when we invest in our own Tiffany style lamps.

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    The Tiffany style lamps are incredibly fashionable today and have been very widely produced - making them quite simple to find. It is true of today that there are various contemporary craftsman that are coming ever-closer to discovering the Tiffany secrets, but they have still come up short in identically duplicating the level of artistry and workmanship that went into the originals. The skills of the Tiffany workers - such as Clara Driscoll - and the materials used back in their time just cannot be matched, making it even more difficult to reproduce a genuine Tiffany lamp.

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  • Applying Tiffany Lamps To Your Home Decor

             If you happen to be the fortunate owner of an authentic Tiffany lamp then you are truly blessed. Some of these masterpieces run for 5 to 7-digit prices at auctions and special collector shops. Whatever it is you choose to do with your prized possession is your personal business and right - whether you want to lock it up in a theft-proof case, let it sit and collect dust in an attic or put it out on home display for all to marvel at. But if you decide upon adding it to your home decor, then this is the place for you. Be reminded that the presidential Whitehouse and Mark Twain were once Tiffany clients and displayed their treasures proudly.

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    When you first gaze upon your Tiffany lamp, you may be a little uneasy about how glass of such beautiful colors and elegant outlining will properly fit in with your present home decor. Keep in mind that a Tiffany lamp is not just your ordinary incandescent lamp that you can plainly stick into any room without much thought. Placing one of these gems in a room will require a little preparation and a bit of the ornamental touch. Below are some ideas to help you consider how to apply them in the home.

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  • Clara Driscoll - A Pleasant Surprise

              Some say that behind every good man is a great woman. It wouldn't be until decades later until a great woman that was hired by Louis Comfort Tiffany would come out from the shadows and be recognized. This wonderful and special glass artisan was Clara Driscoll. When the true history behind this woman was finally revealed, to many she would be thought of as an appealing marvel.

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  • Architecture That Impacted Louis Tiffany

              Every great artist in the world has drawn their inspiration and influences from a source of some kind that was not entirely their own. Louis Comfort Tiffany was an artist and glass artisan that was no different in this regard. In spite of the Tiffany lamp masterpieces that he and his hand-picked workers created from the late 19th century and into the 20th, Tiffany himself did draw creativity and motivation from origins both near and far.

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  • A Look At Some Tiffany Glass Types

    Perhaps throughout your every day routine you may have heard the words "Tiffany" and "glass" in the same sentence but never truly understood what it meant. The term Tiffany glass is actually alluding to the many assorted and marveled creations that were fashioned by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his company from the years 1878 until about 1933 when he passed away. The following article is a moderate look at some of the Tiffany glass types that are an important part of glass and lamp history around the world.

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  • The Proof of An Authentic Tiffany Lamp

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    Is your Tiffany authentic or a knock off? Some genuine Tiffany Lamp appraisers claim that only 5% of the cases they handle have actually involved authentic pieces. So much do people believe they have real Tiffany lamps that any type that is “leaded” is thought to be a real piece. One authenticator has declared that out of the 50 calls every week he gets, a vast majority of them are indeed not the real thing.

    What the individuals who are inquiring about their lamps are hoping is that they actually have the "real McCoy." A Tiffany lamp that was created during the 1890s or early 1900s can have a value of roughly $4000 to $1 million plus. In fact, one of the priciest Tiffany lamps ever sold at an auction was for $2.8 million during 1997.

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  • Artistic Wonders - Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

    Throughout the tail end of the 19th century and into the 20th, it would be Louis Comfort Tiffany who would transform the stained glass industry in the U.S. and totally dominate it. This article aims to take a brief look at one of the most historic, legendary glass developers the world has ever known.

    There are literally thousands of structures (houses of worship primarily) that stand all across America with the unique enhancement of stained glass created by Tiffany and his employees. In fact, there are so many of these structures adorned by Tiffany glass, that the very name is identifiable with the art of stained glass works.

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  • The Amazing World of Tiffany Lamps

     

             For more than a century Tiffany style lamps have been in existence and today still captivate observers in many places around the world. They are also very broadly manufactured and much easier to find now than ever before. In order to find a genuine leaded-glass lampshade produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios, it will be very difficult - especially after his death during 1933. These beautiful and unique pieces were made for the upper classed citizens and elite of America of the day, but now are worth tens of thousands of dollars and even into the millions.

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  • The Genius of Tiffany Glass Works

      If you have ever owned or seen genuine or replicated Tiffany lamps, you will probably never forget them. Although the artisans and craftsman developing the lampshades were crucial to the work, it would be the glass that played the most significant role to the success of Louis Comfort Tiffany creations.

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    One of the first things Tiffany got involved with were windows with pictures set right into the glass. Buildings such as cathedrals had employed him to create these windows of artwork, which were meant to be looked upon and not actually through. The types of glass would be multi-colored, nontransparent and at times byzantine and fashioned to mirror the light much like an exquisite gemstone. Tiffany would cut shapes in the pieces of glass for his murals, mantlepieces, screens and embellished walls that were designed with incredible patterns and cloudy glass tiles.

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  • Tiffany Lamps - More Than Just Illumination

              Whether you are into older decorating fashions like in the Victorian period or corresponding others, lampshades that were created by Louis Comfort Tiffany are something you should seriously consider for a change in the home or office.

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  • Art Nouveau and Tiffany Lamps

    If you are an individual that likes to go against the grain of trends and popular culture, the Art Nouveau movement might have been appealing to you back in the day - had you been around when it first began. So just what was this movement and what were some of the associated art pieces involved?

    It was during the tail end of the 1800s and into the early 1900s when the Art Nouveau movement had grabbed attention by the masses in Europe and beyond the globe, as far as architecture and decorative arts were concerned. One of its true purposes was to get away from contemporary historical forms that had been very fashionable and into modernizing designs. Geometric and organic formats were what the newer artists were taking their inspiration from. Some of the unique concepts that began to circulate were natural with additional contours that were angular.

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  • Tiffany Glass Making

    Tiffany glass making was created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800s when he first began experimenting with glass decorating. Tiffany, an interior designer, was looking to create new light fixtures and decorations that could be made using colored glass. Louis created an industry wide revolution when he debut his works of art in Paris in 1900. Tiffany glass is recognizable all over the world and used to color many types of interior décor. Suitable for the home, office, church or even a pool hall, Tiffany glass makes interior design easy.

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  • Designing With Tiffany Lighting

    Struggling with interior design ideas? Follow this guide to make sure your new Tiffany lighting additions don't clash with your current design. Whether you are starting from scratch or adding to an existing design, this guide can help you keep colors and lighting effects from blurring your desired style. When it comes to natural light effects, Tiffany lighting can't be beat. If you are planning on adding Tiffany lighting to your home, consider the effects that the glass will have. When developing a plan, decide how you want the room to appear under full lighting. This will help you determine what styles of Tiffany glass are right for you. There are hundreds of possible additions and modifications you can make to your home, so this guide will just stick to the basics.

    Tiffany wall sconces. This style of Tiffany lighting is very basic and easy to install. It provides a subtle way to introduce Tiffany style glass into your home. Sconces fit best on walls that are near hallways or large walls of a room with vaulted ceilings. Both glass and base of the sconces can vary greatly. Flowered cones provide natural looking art and are a very popular choice for people seeking to add culture to their home. Sconces attract many due to their ease of use, variety and style.

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  • Clara Driscoll, Famous Original Tiffany Lamps

    Today, Tiffany glass lighting is perhaps one of the most long-lived decorative designs of the last century. Often found in restaurants, churches, palaces and bars no one can deny recognizing the classic billiards pendant hanging over a pool table with that well known red Budweiser logo amidst a white background or the giant stained glass works of art found at many historical palaces and churches. These works of art were all inspired by the hard work of the men and women at Tiffany Studios. The iconic Coca-Cola light fixture to the worlds largest chandeliers all share the same history. These designs were inspired by artists who fought to revolutionize the way we view art in the home.

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    Tiffany Studios, the original Tiffany Glass manufacturer, produced many lamp and light fixtures from 1900-1933. Two of the most well known designers at Tiffany Studios were Louis C. Tiffany (the owner) and Clara Driscoll. Clara was the lead designer for Tiffany Studios' female glass cutting team. Clara was credited in 2007 as being the true creator of Tiffany Glass lamps.

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  • Meyda Lighting, The Story Behind The Name and Famous Tiffany Glass Maker

    On a sunny afternoon in upstate New York, Ida Cohen stood at her kitchen sink staring outside into the clear day. Ida, who was washing dishes, couldn't stand what she was seeing. Outside of the window above the sink, was a direct view of her neighbors driveway. The driveway had several loud and old vintage cars which Ida despised staring at while she was in the kitchen. Ida asked her husband, Meyer, to replace the window with stained glass so she would not have to look at the ugly cars. Shortly after Meyer and Ida began redecorating other parts of their home with this “stained glass” and a hobby was born. In 1974, Meyer combined their names to form Meyda Lighting, a company that specializes in Tiffany glass style lighting and interior design. They acquired other companies along the way to help them achieve a dominant position in the Tiffany lighting industry. Meyda is a well known name amongst interior decorators due mostly to the fact that they take such great pride in their work.

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  • Who was Louis Comfort Tiffany?

    Louis Comfort Tiffany, born in New York to a jewelry store owner, was a passionate artist with a keen eye for innovative and inspiring pieces of art. During his early years, Tiffany spent most of his time traveling and chronicling his travels through the use of photography. Tiffany always had an elevated interested in art work and spent most of his time traveling to places where he could observe unique masterpieces. Tiffany returned home to New York at the age of 24 where he sought to find direction in his life. Having done many things already it wasn't until he began studying art and glass mosaics that Tiffany found his true calling. When Louis returned to New York, he began experimenting with glass making. The first experiments involved him discovering stained glass. Using a process in which certain chemicals and compounds are heated beneath the glass at high temperatures, Tiffany was able to jump start a revolution in came glass work.

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  • Some of the Worlds Finest Tiffany Lamps

    Louis Comfort Tiffany's designs, even the experimental ones, continue to inspire artists across the world even today. Many of Tiffany's earlier work can still be found in museums and historical art societies. There you can observe some of the finest favrile art glass in the world, and learn more about Tiffany himself. His earliest works include the beginnings of stained glass, where we start our journey of the worlds finest Tiffany Lamps.

    The Hurricane lamp is a very early design believed to have been made by Louis C Tiffany. Glass in the lamp contains many irregularities, including color variations that are high in number leading historical art collectors to conclude that this lamp was a representation of Tiffany's early experiments with stained glass.

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    Favrile glass and wire filigree are the primary mediums used in the Hurricane lamp. The glass shape has an obtuse vase shape and is topped by a Persian-style crown. The top of the crown is decorated with a pointed top that terminates in ball finial. The crown is adorned with five ruby red, glass jewels. Ecru blown glass sets a background for beautiful brown and yellow lily leaves that wrap around the shade like a vine sprawling onto a wall. Wire filigree makes up the base of the lamp and is also the material used to build the crown. The wire filigree creates a beautiful contrast to the bright lamp and glass jewels.

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