Thursday, May 15, 2008

Lighting Your Home With Art Nouveau

More than just a lamp, Tiffany lamps are considered by many to be true works of art. Have you ever wondered how Tiffany lamps got their name? Here’s a little history about these famous lamps.

Louis Comfort Tiffany designed the first Tiffany lamp in the late 1800's. Original Tiffany lamps were considered part of the Art Nouveau movement that started in Europe about the same time. Mr. Tiffany was inspired to create the lamps by the stained glass windows he designed for his firm in New York. Each lamp was made by hand, using small geometric shapes of colored glass. Over the years, Tiffany designed many different styles of lamps, including the nature and botanical designs that incorporate flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, peacock feathers and more. Two of Tiffany’s colleagues, Emarel Freshel and Clara Driscoll helped him design his lamps, including the Wisteria and Pond Lily designs.

Tiffany Lamps are made using a method called the Copper Foil Method. The pattern for a lamp is drawn out on a piece of cardboard. Each piece of the pattern is numbered and a color is assigned. Then the glass is laid over the pattern and traced. Now the glass can be cut and grinded in the desired shapes. Copper foil is applied to the edges of the cleaned glass pieces to adhere them together. The edges are then soldered together for a firm hold. Last, the lamp is carefully cleaned to a beautiful finish.

Tiffany lamps are skillfully crafted beautiful works of art. Make the next lamp you buy an elegant conversation piece with a timeless beauty that looks spectacular in any type of decor!

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