At the close of the 19th century, L.C. Tiffany made Art Nouveau style lamps a must have for the American Household. Tiffany Studios and their competitors did for electric lighting what Stickley was doing for American furniture. They brought beauty and functionality together to help bring some much needed harmony into a world overrun with the inhumanity of industrialization. These lamps demonstrate a unique twist on the Art Nouveau form (usually titled “Arts and Crafts” in England and America). The colors and shapes of these exquisite functional artifacts pull their viewers back into a kindler, simpler magical world.
Although Tiffany was the most well known of the manufacturers, there were several other high-end producers of excellent metal, glass and wood lamps. This collection demonstrates the range and quality of these beautiful works.