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Tiffany Lamps: An Introduction

Sep 9, 2008
Tiffany lamps are among the most attractive and beautiful styles of lighting available. They are also one of the most expensive, with prices ranging from $100 to $5,000. Most people find that these lamps serve a dual purpose of providing illumination as well as serving as a decorative piece in the room.

Tiffany lamps were first created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a well-known American artist. His designs featured decorative stained glass in signature patterns. He wanted to make sure that the details and colors were maintained throughout the production process, so he utilized the copper foil technique, which resulted in distinctive and attractive lamp shades with elaborate bases of bronze. Among the favorite designs are the dragonfly and wisteria mosaics.

Originally, Tiffany lamps were entirely a hand made product, but today's manufacturing advances have led to more efficient production methods. There are hundreds of designs available coming in a variety of patterns, sizes and price tags. When choosing Tiffany lamps, you'll probably want to first consider affordability, but don't forget to put some thought into the style since it can have a huge impact on the look of your room.

the lamp shade is probably the most distinctive feature in Mr. Tiffany's creations. Geometric glass shades are leaded and comprised of different basic shapes made from poured glass, cut in segments, edged in copper foil then melded together. On the floral design shades, both floral and geometric patterns are featured, typically in two styles: scattered floral or leaf.

Some Tiffany lamps also feature a cone shaped shade with a circular rim and straight sides, with a detailed floral pattern. Dragonfly shades fall into this category; they are generally quite costly.

Tiffany lamps sometimes have globe shaped shades that are difficult to produce but display considerably more detail than the cone shaped models. The lamp shade has a dome figure allowing more intricate designs of flowers and insects. The shades range in size from 12 to 28 inches.

Yet another Tiffany lamp style has an irregular lower border with more natural form and flowing rims. These shades are usually globe-shaped with the lower border having an irregular form. One of the most sophisticated of Tiffany shade designs is the irregular upper or lower style that features an openwork crown resembling the branches of a tree. The wisteria is made in this manner, portraying expertly cut glass with a stunning assortment of colors.
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