Tiffany Lamps - Jewels Within a Home
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Haitham_Al-Ubaidi/625806]Haitham Al-Ubaidi
A Tiffany lamp is one that is made with many different types of glass shade. The best known was the stained leaded glass lamp. Originally, Tiffany lamps were considered as part of the Art Nouveau movement. Today there is a huge variety in the style of shades produced from the very modern to designs strongly influenced by the originals.
Origins and history
The first Tiffany lamp was made circa 1895. Beautiful and intricate, the lamps were handmade by skilled artisans and were never mass produced or machine made. For over a century, the design of these lamps was attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, who's name has been attributed to these lamps. Recently, it has been discovered that an unrecognised single woman named Clara Driscoll was in fact the master designer behind these beautiful and precious objects.
Clara Driscoll was born on April 2, 1881. She lost her father at an early age and was encouraged to pursue a higher education. She attended design school in Cleveland and worked for a local furniture maker. Later Clara moved to New York and enrolled at the Metropolitan Museum Art School. She was hired by the famed Tiffany Studios based on her artistic merit. Clara worked there for over 20 years and was involved in the design of the lamps, windows, and other decorative objects throughout her career.
The now famous original Tiffany lamps included designs such as Wisteria, Dragonfly, Peony, and from all accounts, Clara's' first-the Daffodil.
Jewels in your home
Today, Tiffany lamps are ever popular. Whilst the majority produced are not made by the famed Tiffany & Co., the modern lamps still hark back to their original creators. Each lamp is still hand made and unique. Whilst mechanisation helps, each Tiffany style lamp is assembled by hand, including the soldering of each glass piece to create a one off decorative item that will be long treasured. It is the individuality, beauty and the ambiance these lamps create that makes them so desirable in the disposable world we live in. Invest in quality design and it will pay you back a thousand fold.
Written by Haitham Al-Ubaidi
Owner of Busy Bee Gifts and Tiffany Lamp Collector. Go to [http://www.busybeegifts.co.uk] for a selection of stunning Tiffany Style lamps and home accessories.
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