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Despite a popular myth that credits Mrs. Curtis Freshel of Boston as the designer of the Wisteria Lamp, it was Clara Driscoll who invented it. In several letters to her family, she referred to how well the lamp was selling (by March 1905, some 123 examples had been made) and she proudly boasted that its success was to her credit since she had designed it. Composed of nearly 2000 small pieces of glass and thus labor intensive to produce, this lamp cost $400 in 1906. While not the most expensive of Tiffany lamps, it fell into the upper tier of prices.

Details

  • Title: Wisteria table lamp
  • Creator: Designer: Clara Driscoll, Artist/Maker: Tiffany Studios
  • Date Created: designed ca. 1901
  • Location Created: New York, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 27 x 18 in. (68.6 x 45.7 cm)
  • Type: Arifact
  • Medium: Leaded glass, bronze
  • Object Number: N84.127.1
  • Credit Line: New-York Historical Society, Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt

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