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Lotus, Pagoda Lamp

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Lotus, Pagoda Lamp

Date: c.1900–1905

Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, 1848–1933

Maker: Tiffany Studios, Corona, New York, 1900–1938

Medium: bronze and leaded Favrile glass
31 1/2 in. x 26 1/8 in. (80 x 66.4 cm)
diameter at base: 11 in.
Credit Line: Marjorie Wyman Endowment Fund, the Richard Brumbaugh Trust in memory of Richard Irving Brumbaugh and in honor of Grace Lischer Brumbaugh, the E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust, and funds given by Mrs. Charles W. Lorenz, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Teasdale, Mrs. Ruth Goldstein and Sidney Goldstein in memory of Chip Goldstein, Dr. and Mrs. F. Thomas Ott, Dr. and Mrs. George R. Schoedinger III, Jane and Warren Shapleigh, the Fox Family Foundation, the Paul and Elissa Cahn Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Galt III, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Graham, Betty Greenfield Grossman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hermann Jr., Katharine W. Hoblitzelle, Mrs. James Lee Johnson Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Kohn, Mrs. Clinton W. Lane Jr., Mary and Oliver Langenberg, Mr. and Mrs. L. Max Lippman Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Nusrala, Mrs. William R. Orthwein, Dr. Alan Pestronk, Mrs. Mason Scudder, Barbara Shortridge, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Thomas Jr., and the Decorative Arts Society
Object Number: 68:1997
Place made:United States, New York, Corona
Classification: GLASSWARE
Current Location:On View, Gallery 129
Notes:Working in bronze and stained glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany designed lamps that often imitated nature at its most elaborate. This elegant lotus-inspired lamp is a remarkable achievement of complex form and workmanship. Measuring twenty-six inches in diameter, the lamp's expansive shade demonstrates the spectral qualities of Tiffany glass. Unlike many Tiffany lamps in which bases and shades were interchangeable, this piece was conceived as a single, unified floral form. The faceted structure of the parasol-like shade depicts the lotus's foliage, and the base suggests the plant's stem and roots. As in many of Tiffany's works, the selection of the lotus and its integration into his design evoke a Japanese aesthetic.
ProvenancePeacock Alley Art Nouveau Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

- 1997
Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

Historical Design, Inc., New York, NY, purchased from private collector in Washington D.C. [1]

1997 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Historical Design, Inc. [2]

[1] Main source of provenance is a letter from Denis Gallion of Historical Design, Inc., dated March 21, 2003 [copy in SLAM document files].

[2] Paid invoice dated November 17, 1997 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 11, 1997.
Exhibition History
Title: Louis Comfort Tiffany
Date: February 3 – October 29, 2006
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: Favorites from the Collection
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: January-March
Year Published: 2003

Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004