Tiffany Style Lights Australia

Tiffany Style Lights Introduction

Prosperous Home offers a large range of “Tiffany Style Lights” for sale in Australia via our online shop. We refer to the lights as Tiffany Lights in homage to the lighting designer Louis Comfort Tiffany who developed the style of incorporating as well as adapting stained glass for use in lighting.

Tiffany came from a strong design pedigree. His father was jewellery retail magnate Charles Lewis Tiffany. Tiffany was a Lead designer as well as founder of global jewellery house Tiffany and Company. Both father and son’s design work have left an indelible mark on interior design and decoration.

Tiffany Style Lights History

“The production of stained glass lamps has been recorded as part of mankind’s early history. Historians believed that Egyptians as early as the 2nd century BC had become quite adept at creating and producing stained glass. Historians have also discovered artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum that date back to the 1st century AD. These dates are amazing but the oldest example of stained glass containing a picture was discovered in Lorsch Abbey, an excavation site in Germany that is estimated to be from the 10th century AD.”

Source: https://lamplights.net/stained-glass-lamps-a-brief-history/

The Stained Glass Lamp developed towards the end of the nineteenth century. Early Lamp are of an Art Nouveau style.

“The term Art Nouveau was coined, in Belgium by the periodical L’Art Moderne to describe the work of the artist group Les Vingt and in Paris by S. Bing, who named his gallery L’Art Nouveau….The distinguishing ornamental characteristic of Art Nouveau is its undulating asymmetrical line, often taking the form of flower stalks and buds, vine tendrils, insect wings, and other delicate and sinuous natural objects; the line may be elegant and graceful or infused with a powerfully rhythmic and whiplike force.” 

(https://www.britannica.com/art/Art-Nouveau)

The Career of Louis Comfort Tiffany

The Tiffany story occurred in New York in the United States of America.

Louis Comfort Tiffany came from an excellent design pedigree, particularly as the son of Jewellery retail magnate Charles Lewis Tiffany. Charles Lewis Tiffany was a founder of global jewellery house Tiffany and Co as well as a great designer.

“Louis Tiffany began his art glass experiments in the early 1880s at the time he was purchasing sheets of commercial window glass from outlets in Brooklyn. On December 1, 1885, he incorporated the “Tiffany Glass Company,” which in 1892 was renamed The “Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company” and then, in 1900, “Tiffany Studios.” At its height, the factory employed more than three hundred workers: designers, artists, glass blowers, and numerous other artisans.

Tiffany’s first commercially produced lamps date from around 1898, though some examples were exhibited at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. In addition to lamps and lamp shades, Tiffany Studios also produced vases, scent bottles, tiles, stained-glass windows, glass mosaics and desk furniture. The company remained in business until 1928.

In 1919, Tiffany established the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation as a retreat for young artists at Laurelton Hall, his summer residence on Long Island. He died in 1933 at the age of 85. From 1933 – c. 1936 the firm’s original “Ecclesiastical” department remained in business in order to complete the firm’s outstanding window commissions.”

(https://antiquetiffanylamps.com/examples)

The Legacy of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Tiffany was a fierce advocate for the arts. He left much of his estate to a foundation bearing his own name after his death. Many museums in American now display Tiffany’s works.

To learn more about the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation visit https://www.macklowegallery.com/.

To see a Tiffany Exhibition at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art click here. Or to see an exhibition of Tiffany Lamps at the New York Met click here.

Tiffany Lamps hold a high monetary value as well as great reverence globally. Most iconic lamps sell for millions of dollars. As an example, in December 2017 an original Tiffany Studios Hanging Head “Dragonfly” floor lamp sold at auction. Sotheby’s New York sold the lamp for $550,000 US.

For those seeking an original Tiffany Lamp we recommend:

https://www.invaluable.com/blog/inside-the-archives-tiffany-lamp-prices/.

For those seeking a contemporary Tiffany Style Lamp at an affordable price, as well as to browse options, please visit our site. To see the site click here, or you can also see some examples of original Tiffany Lamps by clicking here.

Tiffany style lamps can represent a great interior design choice. They add a light, a sculptureand a painting as well as a captivating art work to a space all in one.

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