If you’re reading this article, you probably know what Tiffany lamps are. Incase I’m wrong, let me give you a brief introduction.
Tiffany lamps generally mean stained glass lamps. The reason they’re called Tiffany lamps is because back in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s a guy by the name of Louis Comfort Tiffany propelled stained glass lamps to a whole new level. He used an innovative technique to produce exquisite decorative stained glass lamps that were works of art. Back in the day, Tiffany lamps were all the rage. And anyone who was wealthy enough to own one had one. Even the white house housed a good few lamps of Tiffany’s.
Due to the popularity of these lamps, other company’s wanted a piece of the action. And started making their own Tiffany style lamps. Two of the most popular makers of these beautiful works of art, (Tiffany Studios being the most successful and popular), are Handel and Duffner & Kimberly.
Have you ever heard of a Duffner & Kimberly lamps? What about a Handel?
Both of these lamp makers succeeded in produce good quality Tiffany style lamps. And even today, just like Tiffany reproduction lamps, you can get Handel reproduction lamps and Duffner & Kimberly reproductions lamps.
What I’d like to talk to you about, is Duffner & Kimberly lamps. Because if you’ve never heard of them, or never seen one of them, then you’re missing out on some beautiful stained glass lamps!
Who Is Duffner & Kimberly?
A manager of a kerosene lamp factory called Frank Duffner formed a business with a talented stained glass window designer called Oliver Kimberly. The formed a business called Duffner & Kimberly Company. In the short time their company existed, they produces some beautiful elegant stained glass lamps.
What Was Unique About Duffner & Kimberly “Tiffany Style” lamps?
The thing that Duffner & Kimberly strived for… the thing that set them apart from any other Tiffany style lamp designer was their goal to produce only the purest period style stained glass lamps for the finest homes in America.
They’re lamp designs had a huge emphasis on the “period look”. This means they created glass lamps with Roman, Viking, Colonial and Louise XIII, XIV, XV and XVI styles. Although I’ve not seen an original Duffner & Kimberly lamp, I have seen reproductions and there’s one lamp in particular that I find completely mesmerizing… I could even go as far to say as breathtaking.
My favorite lamp in Duffner & Kimberly’s period collection is the Italian Renaissance lamp. This is my absolute favorite stained glass lamp of all time. I find it incredibly beautiful. And I could stare at it all day… but hay… I’m getting of track here.
Where was I? Oh… yes… that’s it… Duffner & Kimberly specialized in period style glass lamps, but that’s not to say they didn’t create any other style glass lamps. Because they did. The tried their hand at floral theme lamps.
This wasn’t their strongest theme. I mean… no one could top the inspiration and innovation of Louis C. Tiffany when it came to floral themed lamps. After all, he was the master at producing great floral themed lamps. No one could capture that… je ne ce quoi he had. But never-the-less. Duffner & Kimberly did produce some floral themed lamps, and they are beautiful lamps all the same. Louis C Tiffany popularized these lamps and they, like any other business, wanted a piece of the action.
Only The finest Quality In Duffner & Kimberly Lamps
A great superiority in Duffner & Kimberly lamps was the quality of their lamps. They used only the finest glass and the finest bronze in their lamps. These lamps were of a very high quality and so fetched a high price.
So next time you look for Tiffany lamps… keep your eye out for Duffner & Kimberly lamps. I’m sure you’ll find them just as beautiful as true Tiffany lamps! Veilleuse bébé