Louis Comfort Tiffany revolutionized the stained glass industry with his manufacture of opalescent glass. With his development, color became part of the artisan’s medium, rather than painted on it, and the glass took on stunning three-dimensionality. Having produced windows and blown glass for two decades, near the turn of the century his studios began crafting the now famous lamps that made Tiffany a household name. Designers such as Clara Driscoll—who won a bronze medal at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 for one of her shade designs—often interpreted Tiffany’s aesthetics and his desire to illuminate nature. Several designs attributed to her are included in this calendar.
The shades featured here are part of the New-York Historical Society’s Dr. Egon Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass.