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The colorful glass shades featured in our current exhibition, "Tiffany Glas…

The colorful glass shades featured in our current exhibition, "Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light," https://www.newportmansions.org/…/current-upcoming-exhibiti… dazzlingly showcase the masterful talent and materials available to the artisans at Tiffany Studios. But not to be missed are the lamp bases, works of art in their own right.
Most lamp bases were bronze and often designed to complement the floral design of the shade. Consider the Begonia Reading Lamp and the Apple Blossom Library Lamp (top photo), both of which feature open bronze branch work. The realism of these floral canopies was further enhanced when paired with naturalistic tree-trunk bases.
A similarly harmonious pairing occurs in the Conventional Floor Lamp (bottom left) and base. The geometric patterns of the shade, executed so brilliantly by the thoughtful glass selection, are echoed in the swirling geometry of the base which gives the piece an overall dynamism.
The exhibition, on loan from The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, is on view at Rosecliff through March 1.
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Source: Preservation Society of Newport County

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