This Tiffany Lamp features an early example of the leaded glass Daffodil Shade; Tiffany Studios produced more shade designs utilizing the Daffodil than any other flower in their catalogue.
In this example of the Daffodil design, the motif takes on a slightly more stylized Arts & Crafts style than the studied naturalism of later models depicting the flower. Vibrant yellow Daffodil blossoms, with their trumpets formed by rippled Tiffany glass suggesting the three-dimensionality of the trumpets, sprout from the lower edge of the shade, supported by the thin spiky leaves and stems of the plant which form stylized arcs articulated in rectilinear pieces of vibrant green glass.
The flowers and leaves stand out against a background of mottled Tiffany Glass, which transitions from green streaked with blue near the lower edge to a soft shade of mottled blue near the crown of the shade, representing the sky on a clear spring day.
The shade is paired with a bronze Tiffany Base in rich brown patina with an inset horizontal band of pressed Tiffany Glass Turtle Back Tiles in iridescent gold.
An example of this early shade is in the permanent collection of the New-York Historical Society (N84.81.1).
Both the shade and base of this original Tiffany Lamp are signed.
Related example illustrated:
Margaret K. Hofer with Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated (New-York Historical Society, 2016), 70.
Diameter: 16 inches (40.6 cm)
Height: 23 ½ inches (57 cm)