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Lamp screen, c. 1920
Moth design
Leaded glass
Tiffany Studios, New York City, 1902–32
4 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.
(2001-060)

Lamp screens were among the fancy goods offered for sale with Tiffany lamps. These decorative screens were attached to a large lamp’s finial by chain and suspended below the shade, shielding the person using the lamp from its bare light bulbs. These leaded-glass screens were available in the shapes of the winged insects that appropriately might hover around Tiffany’s garden of nature-themed lamps. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) hung a Dragonfly lamp screen from one of the turtleback shades in the living room of his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. 

Lamp screen