Tiffany Style Lamps Versus Authentic Tiffany Lamps
Tiffany style lamps are those modeled after true Tiffany lamps. Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Charles Tiffany who founded Tiffany and Company jewelry store, founded his own business called Tiffany Studios where he worked to design and create the first Tiffany lamps. Louis Tiffany worked with stained glass and used that glass to make beautiful lighting fixtures. The best way to tell the difference between a true Tiffany lamp and a Tiffany style lamp is by looking for the Tiffany signature on the base. Tiffany studios generally numbered and signed each lamp with “Tiffany Studios New York” or “Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces INC.” There are a few important differences between today’s Tiffany replica lamps and authentic Tiffany Lamps.
Tiffany style table lamps often do not have bronze bases. They are usually made of a lighter and less expensive material. Many Tiffany style lamps are made of stained glass, but the quality of the glass does not compare with the real thing. Louis Tiffany worked tirelessly to perfect the qualities of the glass he worked with and many Tiffany style floor lamps and Tiffany style desk lamps use mass produced glass of inferior quality. Another possible difference is that many authentic Tiffany lamps had signed lampshades. This was not something that happened with every Tiffany lamp, but a few do have signatures.
One of the main reasons that people buy Tiffany style accent lamps rather than the authentic Tiffany lamps is price. Because there were a limited number of Tiffany lamps made and sold, they are rare and therefore expensive. You can get the feel of the real thing with a Tiffany style lamp and pay much less. Tiffany style lamps are also less expensive because they are made of less expensive materials.
Just like with real Tiffany lamps, Tiffany style lamps come in a variety of sizes and styles. Louis Tiffany created table lamps, floor lamps, and chandeliers. If you have a desk lamp created in the Tiffany style, or sconces made of stained glass then they are Tiffany style lamps, but not authentic. Tiffany style lamps come in different styles just like Tiffany lamps. Louis Tiffany designed what he called floral designs and geometric designs. Tiffany style lamps have these two styles as well with that addition of a third style that is more modern. Many lamps made in the style of Tiffany’s lamps have pictures in them like animals, fruit, or other objects.
Unfortunately, authentic Tiffany lamps are hard to find and can come with five, six, or even seven figure price tags at auction. Fortunately, manufactures like Dale Tiffany and Meyda Tiffany are producing high-quality Tiffany replicas and new designs in the Tiffany style that are much more affordable than the originals. These lamps are readily available for purchase online and will generally cost less than $300.