Tiffany lamp shade repair implies the repairs are performed on a lamp created by Tiffany Studio’s. Unfortunately over the years the context of the word Tiffany has been exaggerated to include all lamps made of stained glass or slag glass. From the definition provided by Wikipedia. A Tiffany lamp shade is a type of lamp with a glass shade made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design studio. The most famous was the stained leaded glass lamp.
Tiffany lamps are considered part of the Art Nouveau movement. Due to Tiffany’s dominant influence on the style, the term ‘Tiffany lamp shade’ or ‘Tiffany style lamp’ has been often used to refer to stained leaded glass lamps, even those not made by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s company. Over the years I have grown to accept the term Tiffany lamp shade repair to include all lamps made with stained glass rather than disseminate the other 50 lamp studio’s that made lamps using the copper foil method of construction. Some which I would ague were much better than Tiffany.
Tiffany lamp shade repair
Since 1978 I have been performing lamp repairs on genuine antique lamps. Some notable “copper foil” restorations or “Tiffany lamp shade repairs” include: Chicago Mosic, Bigelow, Wilkinson, Duffner, Handel and others. Most Tiffany lamp shade repairs are easy. Simply cut foil and install. I find other Tiffany lamp repairs which involve bending the glass, foiling and installing a challenge. In the example above are two white options. Both look acceptable with the light on but with the light off you can see a 2% difference with the reflected light bouncing off the surface of the glass. Below is a typical issue with imported Tiffany lamp shades. Where the top cap begins to slowly separate from the shade.
The solder used is not the same quality of the solder used in the USA. The copper foil used is not as pure as the quality of copper foil made in the USA. The quality of work is not the same as the quality of lamps made in the USA.
Tiffany lamp shade repairs are becoming popular in the past thirty years. Back in the 1970’s my studio was a large supplier of Dale Tiffany Lighting Inc. and the company Meyda Lighting of New York. Both have created a huge demand for Tiffany style lamp shade repair. As you can guess these are imported China lighting fixtures. They have incredible detail which accedes the detail used on genuine Tiffany lamps. They are incredibly prices based on the labor. Again the Tiffany lamp shade repair issues have become popular in the past thirty years. Many of the earlier imports which came from Mexico are constructed using domestic glass made here in the USA. But the Tiffany lamps imported in the past ten years are extremely hard to repair because the glass in not available for restoration or repairs.