Who was Louis Comfort Tiffany?

L.C.Tiffany was born in 1848 and lived until1933. His family today operates the well renown TIFFANY & CO of New York,  known for t`s jewelry and exquisite luxury items.

During his youth his main interest was painting. He was a member of the National Academy at the age of 23 - an accomplishment that has yet to have been achieved again.

Tiffany began experimenting  with colored glass during the70`s of the 19th century and soon thereafter completed stained glass windows  for churches. Already in this stage, he portrayed colored nature screens within  his  windows, often allowing  the glass to resemble plant forms.

With Thomas Edison`s discovery of the electric light bulb, the artisticly designed lampshade of glass was just a step away.
Tiffany`s first public exhibition of his 
lampshades was in 1899. 
One of his first lamps - the Nautilus 
Lamp - was patented in New York 
with the number  30665.


Nautilus Lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany


The construction of the lampshades was the same as of the stained glass windows. Glass cutting patterns were made from a drawing, thus allowing many glass parts to be cut. It was out of these pieces then, that the lamp shade was made.

The conecting of these single glass pieces was made possible by framing the edges of every piece with a thin copper foil, which was then soldered to the neighboring 
copper foiled pieces.

This technique, combined with the linking approach made shades extremely stable, thus allowing us today to still see many of the old originals in museums of the United 
States of America.

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