Tiffany lamps were created by the Dutch, and were first introduced in America by Louis Tiffany, a wealthy merchant and lamp maker. He wanted to create a lamp that would not only have exceptional brilliance and color but also be very durable and easy to clean. The resulting lamp was a stunning piece of stained glass, and even today when properly cleaned and cared for can look very similar to a Tiffany lamp.
As with any stained glass lamp, there is usually one larger base and numerous smaller bases, or “shanks”. The Tiffany lamp with a base in bonze figure has a large base that has several small pieces of glass dangling down into it. This large base contains the light bulb, which is secured to the bottom of the lamp shade with screws. The top of the lamp shade is then covered with what appears to be enameled glass, but is actually mold-made glass.
In order to make this type of lamp, the Tiffany glass artist needed to have an exact replica of an antique base that had been created specifically for holding a lamp like this. The base could be any shape, with many angles and bends, but at the same time it had to be thick enough in order to support the bulb. Because of the unique nature of this type of lamp, the artist had to obtain the right kind of glass in such a way that it would be able to hold the weight of the glass and the light bulb. The Tiffany glass artist used what was available at the time, and used glass that had been used in church windows and the ceiling of homes for the base.
Today, the Tiffany lamp with a base in bonze still exists, and can be found in some retail stores specializing in stained glass artwork, www.htdeco.fr/en/ is a good shop with a large choice of lamps. It was originally designed to stand on a four-poster base, and the design was such that it lent itself very easily to floral patterns and other decorative designs. It could be used as a table lamp, or to hang as a wall sconce. There were also versions made which were much smaller, just about the size of a window shade.
There are two other types of base models which exist for this type of lamp. The first was made from glass which was only slightly thicker than Tiffany’s original model. This one did not have the light bulb. The second was a thick brass base which was probably the same thickness as the Tiffany base. No light bulb came with these, and they were not as attractive as the glass based ones.
No matter how you look at them, a Tiffany lamp with a base in Bonze statue is a beautiful and unique piece. It is a great addition to any home or office decor. Many people love to display this particular lamp because of its unique shape. It looks like an eye catching spotlight resting on the glass tabletop. It truly makes a statement about the elegance of its surroundings.