Special Summer Offerings

Now through Labor Day enjoy an exciting array of family programs and admission discounts for museum-goers of all ages!

Dragonfly table lamp

Object Number: 
N84.113.1
Date: 
ca. 1900-1906
Medium: 
Glass, bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall (height, diameter): 28 1/2 × 22 in. (72.4 × 55.9 cm)
Marks: 
stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1507"
Description: 
Leaded glass and bronze "Drophead Dragonfly" table lampshade; 22" diameter shade depicting dragonflies with outspread filigree wings and heads projecting below lower border of shade; design repeated nine times; background glass mottled yellow and blue near aperture progressing to blue near border; glass "jewels" blue; dragonfly eyes green, wings blue-yellow, and bodies orange-yellow. Shown on adjustable bronze base (N84.113.2) with 33 iridescent balls around circular platform (base model is 392), with cap (N84.113.3).
Gallery Label: 
This dragonfly shade, a popular model, was priced at $175 in Tiffany's 1906 price list. Prices ranged from $3 for small candleshades to $400 for large and intricate lamps. Considering that the average hourly wage in 1906 was only 17 1/2 cents, these lamps were an unattainable luxury for many.
Bibliography: 
Gray, Nina. "The work of Tiffany Studios." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 194-201.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group