Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Just in time for Christmas, Vendome has released a new book looking at the Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany by 4 experts in the field, Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy McClelland, and Lars Rachen.
Art glass lamps have received a lot of ire in the past few decades, due to the plethora of bad, cheap copies (remember the lamps Wendys had in their restaurants in the 80s?). However, none other than modernist architect Philip Johnson has said that "These objects are now regarded with fashionable horror. Such horrors are, however, unjustified. It is only that the proper perspective on the period is lacking" (page 35).  This book adds plenty of gorgeous perspective!
The authors delve into Tiffany's inspiration, his garden on Long Island, and other works the Tiffany studio was producing; not to mention over 70 examples of some of the most amazing lamps you've ever seen.  Definitely add this to the shopping list, you won't be disappointed!
Photography by Colin Cooke


Mark D. Ruffner said...

I hope the book makes mention of Clara Driscoll, the designer of many of the masterpieces for which Mr. Tiffany took credit!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I bet that is one interesting read. It is hard to appreciate something that is stylistically out of vogue but it is the artisanship that should been seen.

Paisley Curtain said...

The only Tiffany product I am not crazy about;Tiffany lamps :-) I have seen the book it is beautiful, the photography is excellent.

Hels said...

Do we know how much Tiffany lamps are worth these days? Do they still come onto the market?

lostpastremembered said...

Ah, I've taken so much heat for my love of Mr Tiffany's lamps and windows. I don't care.. they are magical. When the light goes on they just knock me over... love the bases too.

Have you ever gone to Greenwood and seen the Tiffany windows in the mausoleums? They're terribly dramatic because the inside is dark and they provide most of the light when the sun is in the right place.

The book will be on my shelf soon... thanks fo rsharing.