What makes Shades of Tiffany different from the other Tiffany lamp sources?
Our stock is not
set; we always have something new.
We do not offer a catalog. The uniqueness of our lamps makes
publishing a catalog impractical.
Our lamp selection includes original collectables signed by
We take custom orders on Bent Panel shades.
Our Tiffany-style lamps are made with hand-rolled glass.
Our shades feature seasonal color tones.
We offer mix and match hanging, table, and floor lamps.
We provide higher quality lamps at lower prices.
We have the histories of
Tiffany lamp patterns available.
We are among the first artisans to rediscover and reproduce
We have been a local favorite for over 30 years.
We provide friendly, personal customer service.
These are just a few reasons to shop at Shades of Tiffany. Hope
to see you soon!
Was there really a Mr. Tiffany?
Yes. Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933, was born in New York City, the son of the famous
Tiffany & Company jewelers. Independent of his parents, he launched his own business of
fine art design in 1878. Artist, inventor, businessman, promoter, socialite, philosopher,
teacher, Tiffany enjoyed a long, successful
Click here for a Timeline of the History of Tiffany.
What material are your shades made of?
Our shades are made of the finest hand-rolled glass.
When I tap the shade, it doesn't sound like glass. How can I tell whether the
shade is really glass or if it's plastic?
When a sheet of glass is flat and uncut, it has a "ting" sound when you tap it. However
once the glass is cut into many small pieces, copper foiled and leaded together on a mold,
the properties of the glass changes, and its sound becomes a "thud" sound. Many people
interpret that this dull sound indicates the shade is made of plastic, when actually glass
Why are there bubbles and variations in
color, texture, and
thickness in the glass. Are these imperfections?
These are typical characteristics of handmade glass. Each piece of handmade glass is
unique. Commercially made glass is machine-made and will not have these
desired characteristics; color, texture and thickness will be uniform and can even resemble plastic.
Are the shades made by hand? Are they difficult and time consuming to make?
Yes to both. Each shade is made by hand in the Tiffany method. Small pieces of glass are
cut out according to patterns. The edges are then ground smooth, copper foiled, soldered
to adjoining pieces (on a mold) both outside and inside, washed and patinaed. For some of
the simpler shades (400 pieces), construction time requires approximately 46 hours.
the more complex shades, construction can take
How can lighting companies today reproduce exact Tiffany copies and take the name "Tiffany"?
During the 1920's, the Art Nouveau style fell out of favor to the sleek Deco look. This caused
the Tiffany Studios to close in bankruptcy with no claim to the names or patterns. The lamps
were relegated to junk shops and many were melted down for their lead during WW2. Not until
the 1960's, when young artists began reproducing exact copies from rubbings
taken off originals,
did the public become aware of these beautiful, decorative items. Today "Tiffanies" are mass produced
and have become a standard household item. The originals are once again valued as museum antiques.
Are all Tiffany lamps real Tiffanies?
No. Today "Tiffany" is a generic name given to any stained glass lamp.
How can I tell if I own a real Tiffany?
Probably you don't, but to make sure - check the inside of the shade for a narrow bronze tag,
soldered to the lower rim, stamped with "Tiffany Studios New York". Also, direct impressions
composed of the letters "L.C.T. Co." were made on the bottom of the base . However, signatures cannot
always be relied upon, since some lamps were not signed. Other means of
verifying authenticity are: purchasing through reputable auction houses and
antique dealers, recognizing Tiffany's
distinctive glass, having provenance (ownership history), and the purchasing price.
Today an authentic
Tiffany table lamp auctions for $45,000 to $130,000; a floor lamp, from