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Chandelier, Turtleback Tile

This is a Chandelier. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. We acquired it in 2018. Its medium is press-molded and leaded glass, patinated bronze.

At least four Tiffany lamps as well as a Turtleback tile chandelier originally lit the Teak Room, as can be seen in the photo to the left. Turtleback was the name of Tiffany Studios’ rectangular glass tiles featured on the chandelier and the inkwell box nearby. The chandelier’s Moorish-inspired cap lent a note of exoticism that complemented the overall scheme of the room.

This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Inkwell Box, 1900–10
  • patinated bronze, blown glass.
  • The Collection of Richard H. Driehaus, Chicago.
  • 72.2015.3
  • Drawing, Chandelier
  • pen and black ink, watercolor, graphite support: thick white wove paper; old....
  • 1901-39-3172
  • Drawing, Chandelier, ca. 1830
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on off-white laid paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors.
  • 1901-39-876

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Mobile Chandelier 9, 2015
  • black patinated brass, mouth blown opaline sphere, pendant rod.
  • Courtesy of Michael Anastassiades.
  • 47.2015.1

Cite this object as

Chandelier, Turtleback Tile; Design Director: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); press-molded and leaded glass, patinated bronze; 2018-1-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Passion for the Exotic: Japonism and Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.

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