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Tiffany Studios, Arrowhead Lamp

Tiffany Studios Arrowhead or Arrowroot Table Lamp, favrile glass. Original antique authentic tiffany lamp. This lamp is referred as “Arrowhead”, in The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Eidelberg. (P.174) It is referred to as “Arrowroot”, in the Lamps of Tiffany, by Neustadt (P. 99) pictured in both books. Diam. of Shade 20 3/4″, height of Lamp 25 1/4″ with all original glass and hardware, in very good condition. Shade with original small early tag, impressed “Tiffany Studios” and base impressed Tiffany Studios, N.Y. 528. As described in The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Eidelberg, “Arrowhead is a native aquatic plant whose distinctive trefoil leaves and small white flowers are often seen in ponds. At the turn of the century many designers were attracted to the decorative possibilities that this plant suggested. Tiffany used arrowhead plants in relief on mosaic bases,and other tiffany items. The symmetrical nature of the leaves and central flower-bearing stem frequently inspired heraldic designs such as this one, with leaves splayed in repetitive fashion and the flowers often tucked beneath and alongside the leaves. This shade was designed about l904, at which time it was illustrated in the companies booklet Bronze Lamps. It was cited again in the 1906 price list but was discontinued by 1910”. As described in The Lamps of Tiffany, Neustadt “In the Arrowroot, an oddly formed plant is treated in an unusual fashion. The roots stripped to their essential shape are strongly lined in shades of green shot through with white and yellow. These roots, the source of tapioca, are not shown growing from the ground, although the adjacent brownish aea may well represent the soil The roots are seen surrounded by the yellow-centered brilliant white flowers they helped to bring to bloom The flower stems are indicated by the design of heavy, leaded lines descending from the aperture. The blue sky at the top quarter of the shade adds another naturalistic note. Blue also serves to frame the aperture. The shade is an extremely effective formal rendering of this plant. Instead of attempting an exact imitation, the artist has succeeded in the more difficult endeavor of symbolically spreading before us the entire life cycle of the arrowroot.”  Inquire to Linda