The Tulip is one of several leaded glass Tiffany Lamp shades that has been attributed to designer Clara Driscoll, the head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department at Tiffany Studios and one of the most important artists working in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s empire. Tiffany Studios produced Tulip shades in a variety of sizes and configurations ranging from 16 inches to 22 inches in diameter.
This 18-inch diameter example of the domed Tulip shade depicts a field of richly colored tulips in shades of variegated red and amber-orange, with a few golden yellow tulips in the foreground. The stems and leaves of the tulips are articulated in mottled green-blue glass. The lower margin of the shade, where the motif is interrupted by horizontal border rows in shades of pale mottled green, are formed by glass in earth tones striated with greens intended to represent the soil.
This shade is paired with an original bronze Tiffany Lamp Base known as the Mock Turtle Base, in a rich brown-green patina.
Both the shade and base of this original Tiffany Lamp are signed.
Height: 23 ½ inches (60 cm)
Diameter: 18 inches (45.7 cm)
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated (Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc 2016) pgs. 70-73.