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TIFFANY STUDIOS

United States commenced 1902 – 1928

manufacturer (organisation)

Fish and water table lamp c.1902 Place made: New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, lamps, glass, copper, bronze

Primary Insc: Impressed on base: 'D806', below maker's mark and illegible inscription
Dimensions: overall 56.0 h x 41.2 w x 41.0 d cm a) & b) 20.0 h x 41.2 w x 41.0 d cm a) 17.8 h 41.2 d cm c) 45.8 h x 37.4 w x 23.60 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc., New York, NY, USA, made possible with the generous support of J.P. Morgan Australia Ltd, 1987.
Accession No: NGA 87.2237.A-C

This lampshade was one of Tiffany’s early designs and was developed from earlier compositions of marine subjects for his windows. The fish motif was influenced by the prints of the 19th century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, in which carp are depicted swimming lazily among reeds. The use of glass with different thicknesses and opacity allowed the light to filter through the lampshade, suggesting the glint of the fish’s iridescent scales in sunlight.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design