Lamp screen

, c. 1920s

No. 926, Winged Figure design

Leaded glass, bronze Tiffany Studios, New York City, 1902–1932 8 x 11 in. (2004-013) Audio Guide

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.