Trumpet Creeper table lamp

Object Number: 
ca. 1900-1906
Glass, bronze
Overall (height, diameter): 28 1/2 × 22 in. (72.4 × 55.9 cm)
stamped on metal tag inside shade: \"TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK\"\r\nunderside of base stamped with Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. logo and 2674

Leaded glass and bronze "Trumpet Creeper" table lampshade; 22" diameter globe-shaped shade with incurving border depicting bugle-shaped trumpet vine flowers in four design repeats; blossoms rendered in mottled orange, red and purple; stems of vine light green and foliage a variety of mottled greens; background of blue glass striated with purple. Crownlike embellishment consisting of 8 bronze flanges attached to aperture. Shown on bronze table lamp base (N84.99.2); flared stem has 16 strips of mosaic inlay ranging in color from green to red; 8 red turtlebacks set into sides of central section above stem; 4 curved arms stretch outward to receive rim of shade.

Gallery Label: 

Decorators and homeowners concerned about the harshness of the recently invented electric lightbulb appreciated the soft, diffuse light from Tiffany lamps. This lamp contains a second light source within the base that illuminates the circle of eight tiles of iridescent pressed glass, called "turtlebacks" because of their distinctive shape.


Gray, Nina. "The work of Tiffany Studios." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 194-201.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt; Adopt-a-Lamp sponsor: Louise Mirrer in honor of Pam Schafler, New-York Historical Society Board Chair

Lillian Nassau Ltd., 1967

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group