The 16″ Apple Blossom was always a popular Tiffany Studios shade pattern.
Like the 15″ Spider lamp discussed in an earlier entry, many original examples of this shade come to auction. With its simple flowing tree branch and spare design, this pattern is a good example of Tiffany’s love of Oriental art.
The shade is pictured on the Shell Urn Base. This bronze three-footed base is made completely in our Minneapolis studio and works well for both 14″ and 16″ shades. The Apple Blossom pictured is currently available for purchase in our showroom.
As you can see from the close-up detail photos, we have given this shade “jeweled” flower centers. To create these pointed jewels, Bill hand-chipped and faceted thick chunks of amber glass until they were the size and shape needed for each flower center. This unusual technique, in conjunction with the rippled leaf glass, creates a look of movement and interest in what is normally considered one of Tiffany Studios’ “quiet” patterns.