Peacock Table Lamp, 1902-04
Leaded glass, patinated bronze, inset Tiffany Glass tiles
23 inches high, 16 inch diameter
The brilliant plumage of the peacock was a source of artistic inspiration for Louis Comfort Tiffany from the outset of his career in the decorative arts; the bird itself frequently appears perched on a balustrade in designs for leaded glass landscape windows produced by both Tiffany Studios and Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company, one of Tiffany’s early firms, while abstracted motifs based on the bird’s iconic tail feathers adorn everything from Favrile Glass vases to leaded glass Tiffany Lamps like the spectacular example seen here.
This 16-inch diameter domical “Peacock” Shade is articulated in richly pigmented rippled Tiffany glass in shades of bright blue and teal, paying homage to the shimmering iridescent tail feathers of the Peacock. The vibrant shade rests on a patinated bronze table base with a series of inset Tiffany Favrile Glass Turtle Back tiles in iridescent blue, which harmonize with the purple “eyes” of the peacock feathers in the shade.