Old Lamp Values An Online Guide to Antique Lamps
Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder of the jewelry store Tiffany & Co., founded Tiffany Studios in 1902. Tiffany Studios employed both men and women as master craftsmen; they produced a wide variety of decorative objects, not the least of which were the Tiffany lamps.
Tiffany Studios manufactured the majority of the sheet glass used in the Tiffany lamps at the Tiffany furnaces in Corona, Long Island, New York. Louis C. Tiffany also employed chemists and glass-making experts to create the special textures and colors often seen in Tiffany lamps.
One such example of the special glass produced in the Tiffany furnaces is the ‘turtleback’. Turtlebacks were large, irregular, pressed-glass pieces that came in many colors and often had an iridescent finish. Tiffany Studios also created ‘favrile’ fabric glass. Favrile glass was a type of textured glass pushed into molds to give the impression of silk fabric.
Tiffany lamps are most recognizable by their familiar leaded glass mosaic lampshades. However, Tiffany Studios also crafted elaborate bases for the Tiffany lamps.
A signed Tiffany lampshade with a signed Tiffany base in good condition is very desirable. Even a small Tiffany lamp can be worth hundreds of dollars.
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Here are some frequently asked questions about Tiffany lamps: