We keep the tradition of Tiffany Studios New York (1880-1930) 
leaded glass lamp making alive.

Dr. Grotepass-Studios

L. C.Tiffany was born in 1848 and lived 
until 1933. His family today operates the 
well renown TIFFANY & CO of New York, 
known for it`s jewelry and exquisite luxury 

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 the 70`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.

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Picture taken from: 
The "lost" Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany
 by  H.F. McKean     (Doubleday)


Nautilus Lamp

Picture taken from: 
The "lost" Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany
 by  H.F. McKean     (Doubleday)

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 

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.

Dr. Hans-Peter Grotepass 


© Authentic pictures and www.Design by  Dr. Grotepass

Dr. Hans-Peter Grotepass
Gudrun Grotepass

Schloss-Strasse 68     45355 Essen / Germany 
Phone +49  201- 651112 
E-mail: Info@Tiffany-Studios.com

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