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Plain floor base

Object Number: 
2017.21
Date: 
designed ca. 1900-1906
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall (height): 6 ft. (182.9 cm)
Marks: 
Impressed on underside of base: “Tiffany Studios / NEW YORK / 377”
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Description: 
Gallery Label: 

The 1906 Tiffany Studios Price List describes this floor base, model number 377 with a brown-green patina, as “Piano lamp, floor, large, plain.” Unlike today’s piano lamps, which sit on top of the instrument to directionally light sheet music, the term at the turn of the century typically referred to tall floor lamps that provided broad illumination. Pianos were a common accessory in late-nineteenth century homes, symbolizing refinement, and an impressive piano lamp served as a focal point in a parlor.

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Credit Line: 
Purchase, Coaching Club Acquisitions Fund
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Place Made: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group