Tiffany Studios is best known today for its multicoloured, opalescent leaded-glass windows, chandeliers and lamps. Dragonflies, lilies and wisteria are favoured design motifs. Tiffany Studios mosaics, ceramics and enamels are also sought-after by collectors. Popular decorative objects include Tiffany Studios pine needle desk sets, Tiffany Studios candlesticks and Tiffany Studios vases.
In 1893, Tiffany developed a new type of iridescent glass called Favrile, which appeared to shimmer and change colour in different lights. It was used for the shades of Tiffany Studios desk lamps and Tiffany Studios floor lamps. Favrile glass became a signature feature of the firm’s creations and was trademarked by the company in 1894.
The base of a Tiffany Studios lamp can be just as important as the shade. Some Tiffany Studios lamp bases are made of bronze; others are enamelled or mosaic. Nearly all the bases are stamped with a Tiffany Studios bronze mark. By the early 1900s, Tiffany employed over 300 of America’s most talented artisans, including Clara Driscoll, Agnes F. Northrop and Frederick Wilson.
Works by Tiffany Studios continue to have strong international appeal at auction. Those featuring floral or organic motifs and vibrant colours are among the most in demand. In 2018, Christie’s sold a rare Tiffany Studios Pond Lily Lamp for $3,372,500, setting a new world record for Tiffany Studios at auction. In 2022, Christie’s sold a Tiffany Studios Hanging Head Dragonfly Chandelier for $1,008,000, then a record for a chandelier at auction.
Tiffany Studios dragonfly lamps, magnolia lamps, peacock lamps and wisteria lamps are also highly prized by collectors. Tiffany Studios spider lamps can be found starting at around $15,000. Simpler geometric models can be purchased for around $5,000.
A 'PEONY' LEADED GLASS WINDOW FROM THE DARIUS GOFF HOUSE, PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND, CIRCA 1893
'CYPRESS AND AZALEA' LANDSCAPE WINDOW FOR 'CARMORE', THE RESIDENCE OF CHARLES E. RUSHMORE, WOODBURY FALLS, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1908
'PEACOCK' CHANDELIER FROM ANITA BALDWIN'S RESIDENCE, 'ANOAKIA', ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA, CIRCA 1914
DROP-LEAF PARTNER'S DESK FOR THE WILLIAM S. KIMBALL HOUSE, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1881