Tiffany Lamps in Today's World

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Tiffany lamps are often called stained glass lamps. Louis Comfort Tiffany did not have that in mind when he created his very famous lamps. Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in New York in 1848 and died in 1933. He grew up being a painter. He experimented with colored glass during the 1870's and soon after started creating and designing stained glass windows for churches. He hated waste while working on his creations so he devised a way to use the leftover materials from his windows and promptly created the Tiffany lamp. He had no idea that his creations later on would be so greatly admired that they would be reproduced over and over again using his designs.

His head designer, Clara Driscoll. LC Tiffany's head designer until 1909, is now being recognized as being the creative force behind these beautiful and valuable lamps. The style was created in 1895 during the Art Nouveau period.

LC Tiffany created his very favorite type of glass called Favrile. It is taken from the french word Fabrile, which means hand crafted. It is iridescent and a shimmery glass. LC Tiffany trademarked this designed glass in 1894 and started producing 1896. His very first Tiffany lamp was shown in 1899 at a show. Favrile being a shimmering glass came in very bright colors; Gold Luster, Samian red, Mazarin Blue, Turquoise Blue, and Aquamarine.

Antique lamps can be found online. Antique dealers are a great source for these valuable lamps. They are costly but unique.

There are 7 different style categories for this style lamps. Irregular Upper and Lower Border, Geometric, Favrile, and Transitions to flowers and 2 other nature described types, flowered cone, and the flowered globe. He Irregular Upper and Lower Border have open work edges and are to simulate branches from a tree or shrubs. The geometric is just that. All different shapes to form a lamp shade. The last three are all related to nature. They would follow the theme of flowers, dragonflies, butterflies and just about anything related to a nature them. Antique Tiffany lamps can be found online. Antique dealers are another source of these valuable lamps. They are costly but unique.

Mission Tiffany lamps are stained glass lamps with a base crafted from the Art and Crafts period late 1800's to the early 1900's.

Retro Tiffany lamps are made so their colors are transparent on the shade. They are made by firing pieces of glass to each other at 100 degrees. Now a days anyone can call a stained glass shade, Tiffany. I wonder if LC Tiffany is rolling over in his grave?

These days real Tiffany lamps are scarce and costly. There are plenty of reproductions out there calling their products Tiffany. However the real lamps will be stamped on the bottom with LCT, or a Favrile stamp. Today, Tiffany is merely a generic term being used for a lamp with stained glass shade. How heartbreaking for LC Tiffany.

Many reproductions using the term Tiffany means that they use the idea from Tiffany and mass produce this lamp quickly and cheaply. You'll find Tiffany lamps being made in every color and shape.

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Source by Carmine Bailey

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