Small Tiffany Style Lamp

This example is a small lamp with multicolored shade simulating the look of hanging Wisteria panicles in hand-soldered stained glass. The shade sits on a metal tree trunk-shaped base, which is complemented with a vented top made to look like twigs. The color and style of the base makes it seem to be old, if you do not look too closely. In reality nowhere is any 'patina' found. It only has had a dark 'pretend patina' surface color applied at the factory.

Don't be fooled if you see an item like this advertised as 'Tiffany Style' because this lamp is not old, it is a new fantasy. In the metal of the base is a mark, "TIFFA - MINI". That is not a 19th century or 1950's maker's mark, but a trademark created in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Currently untold thousands of recently made or brand new 'stained glass' items like this lamp are on the market today. Most people selling them have no trouble representing them to the buying public for what they are - new copies. But some may not be able to resist the temptation to describe them as old. Or reference them as an 'estate' purchase, which can also suggest age. Beware new lamps like this posed for pictures on antique tables, in the midst of other real antique furnishings. Such authentic surroundings can help to visually suggest a new lamp must also be antique, though it is not.

Base and shade together measures 14 1/2 inches tall. Shade measures 7 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter.

Item ID: 2007RP000363

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