Sunday, August 26, 2012

Turtleback Hanging Lantern

This Turtleback Hanging Lantern with Swirls was commissioned by a client in California. The lantern has emerald green turtleback tiles and a door on the bottom to let light shine below. The heavy bronze casting is created at our studio using the lost wax casting method using molds taken off a Tiffany Studios original. The completed lantern has a distinctive, period look.

Upon receiving the completed lantern, the client wrote (in part), "The lantern is here and is truly excellent...Nice patina."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Century Studios Will Be Closed

Century Studios will be closed Thursday August 16 through Monday August 20. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday August 21.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Floor Base & Windswept Daffodil

We have received many requests for a floor base that will work with smaller shades. In response to these suggestions, we have created a Petite Floor Base which will work with 16", 18" and 20" shades. By using a combination of reproduction and modern parts, we have created a hybrid floor base that is attractive and cost effective.

The Petite Floor base starts with a cast bronze Tiffany Studios reproduction base plate. This casting provides weight and a period look to the floor base. The center portion of the base uses modern parts for the stem. The top of the base is a three light cluster which is once again reproduction Tiffany. This allows for the standard riser, cap and wheel configuration used on Tiffany lamps. The base stands 54" tall.

Shown on the new base is a 20" Windswept Daffodil shade which we completed and is now available in our showroom. in the photo below, the shade is shown on a Kendrick Pottery base.

Monday, August 6, 2012

24" Parasol

The 24" Parasol shade on the Mandarin Lotus base is an unusual Tiffany creation. Tall and umbrella-like, the shade floats on the slender stem high above the table top. Because of its shallow saucer shape, the 24" Parasol shade makes a pleasing inverted chandelier fixture. This lamp was created as a showroom piece, and it has been stopping visitors in their tracks when they come into the studio. It is currently available for purchase.

The shade is created in a butterscotch colored glass, and the gentle curve of the shade continues through the heavy copper rim. To create this rim, we worked with a talented machinist who had to roll a thick copper strip into a circle at just the right angle. Special rollers were machined to give the rim the precise look of an original Tiffany shade. The photo on the left shows the machinist checking the fit of the rim on the form.

The slender Mandarin Lotus base is cast in bronze at our studio, using molds taken from an original Tiffany example. This unique base is also used with the 25" Mandarin Lotus shade.