Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 14" Chestnut



At Century Studios, we occasionally create original shade designs such as this 14" Chestnut pattern that was designed by Bill Campbell in 2011. This example, which was made in 2014 and is now in a private collection, is intensely colored. The vibrant blue sky is tinged with purple and wisps of white, setting off the multi-toned green foliage and the pink/red/white flowers. The shade is shown on the Mushroom base.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

16" Turtleback



The 16" Turtleback is one of our more popular sizes of turtleback shade that we offer. The amber tones of the turtleback band are echoed in the Square Turtleback base. Both shade and the cast bronze base are made at our studio. This lamp was commissioned by a client in Maine.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 16" Fish



The 16" Fish is one of Tiffany Studios' more unusual pond theme shade motifs. The shade features five elongated Koi gently gliding across the surface of the shade amid water plants. This example, created in 2015 for an out of state client, used a lightly textured glass for the water and the vivid coloration of the Koi is reflected in the floating plant life. The shade is shown on the striking Lily Pad - Blown Glass and Bronze base.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

20" Lily Pad

Water plants and flowers were frequent inspirations for Tiffany lamp designs. The 20" Lily Pad shade shows a stylized pool where leaves float on the surface of gently swirling water. This is the only Tiffany shade design that is drawn in deep perspective with smaller pads appearing in the upper distance and becoming steadily larger towards the lower edge of the shade. The effect is mesmerizing and tranquil. An underline of half round glass jewels forms the lower border of the shade, making it even more unusual. To complete the water/marsh theme, the shade is shown on the highly detailed Cattail base. This lamp was commissioned by an international client.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 28" Grape

The distinctive foliage and plentiful fruit produced by climbing grape vines were a popular motif in Tiffany windows and lamps. This 28" Grape design is a variation on the 28" Grape Trellis shade, and we were able to obtain this rare non-repeating pattern from an original Tiffany lamp in a local collection. For this example, grapes in deep blues and purples cluster freely about the shade amid rich green foliage set against a lightly textured blue/purple/green background. Created in 2002 as a showroom piece, the shade is now in a private collection in Iowa.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Small Geometric Shades


In between larger projects we are often creating smaller geometric shades. Here is a selection of smaller shades we have recently completed.


A striking red glass was used for this 7" Geometric shade. The shade was mated with our Piano Lamp base to create an accent lamp with a distinctive profile. Shade and base were commissioned by a local client.


This pair of 7" Geometric shades in a light green mottled glass were commissioned by a local client to be used on an original Tiffany Studios double student lamp.


A warm amber glass was used for this 7" Geometric with Chain Mail that is being used as a pendant fixture by a client in Colorado.


The same Colorado client also commissioned this 12" Geometric in a deeper green/amber glass. The shade is shown on the Pony Tree Trunk base.




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 16" Vine Ornament



With its wide band of swirling leaves, the 16" Vine Ornament shade is a a nice transition between a floral and geometric style of shade. We created this shade in 2006 from a lively green and yellow glass. The leaves were cut from a ripple glass, which enhances the windswept movement of the design. The shade is shown on the Cereus base.