The cheery yellow Daffodil blossom held particular sway over Louis Comfort Tiffany, who incorporated the iconic garden flower into a wide series of designs for Tiffany Lamps; there are at least 10 distinct shades which depict the Daffodil flower, more than any other individual bloom in the Tiffany Studios catalogue.
This example of Tiffany's Daffodil Lamp features exceptional glass selection: each of the daffodil blossoms which encircle the shade is articulated in mottled yellow Tiffany glass in a variety of opacity levels, creating a three dimensional effect when light is transmitted through the shade. The opaque flowers contrast with the transparent background glass, which is further accented by the spiky Daffodil leaves in shades of greenish blue which sprout from the lower ripple glass border of the shade.
The shade rests on an original Tiffany lamp base known as the “Decorated Cushion” in rich brown patina.
Both the shade and base of this exceptional original Tiffany lamp are signed.
Clara Driscoll and the "Tiffany Girls" seemed to have enjoyed being tasked with translating this particular flower into Tiffany glass; several of their sketches and photographic studies for the Daffodil lamps survive in the collections of the New-York Historical Society and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida.
Height: 20 inches (50.8 cm)
Diameter: 16 inches (40.6 cm)