I am studying the artistic side of the Tiffany Lamps for my research project with the New-York Historical Society, where there is a vast collection of the lamps. I will be focusing on the various motifs, such as the dragonfly, pond lilies and grape clusters, the thinking behind the lamps, and how the different combinations of colors, light and motifs create certain effects and imagery. Today, I’m featuring the grape clusters and leaves motif manifested differently through two different lamps. Depending on the weight that is given to the grape clusters versus the leaves, it has a different effect on the eye. On the left is a purple Grape Shade and on the right a green Grape Shade. Which one stands out to you more and seems to have a more three-dimensional effect? Does the purple Grape Shade seem more flat to you? In viewing it up close, you would notice that it is. In the purple Grape Shade, the balance is off as the grapes are spaced out and scarce whereas the heart-shaped leaves take over most of the lamp. As a result of the lack of translucency and the light not shining through the glass due a lot to the opacity, it has a flattening effect on the lampshade. In contrast, in the green Grape Shade, there is more balance between the leaves and the grapes. In this lamp, the translucency of the confetti glass background has an effect of the grapes being at the forefront. This, in addition to the grape clusters at the bottom of the lampshade which gives the shade roundness, results in the lampshade taking on a more three-dimensional quality.