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Botanical patterns, which were introduced in moderation on shades in the transition group, are employed en masse in the cone group. As described by Tiffany Studios in a 1906 catalogue, cone shades are straight-sided with circular rims. They are easier to manufacture than leaded shades with curved or rounded sides, hence the greater number of shades in this category. While cone-shaped shades are found in the geometric group, they are classified there by design rather than form. Another natural motif applied to cone-shaped shades is the dragonfly. This insect design is developed further in the flowered globe and irregular lower border groups.

The flowered globe group is more complex in construction than the preceding group of cone-shaped shades. In terms of decorative progression, their shape permits a more natural rendering of the botanical and insect motifs. Tiffany Studios referred to this type of "domed" in its 1906 catalogue. Globes range in size from twelve inches to twenty-eight inches in diameter.

The shades in this group take on a more naturalistic form, with flowing, serpentine rims. The uninterrupted metal edge and stylized band of the preceding groups have been replaced with a curvilinear lower border. Except for the panel shades used with the grape trellis motif, all the shades in this group are globular in shape. The natural termination of leaves, fruits, insect bodies, and flowers give shades in the irregular lower border group an Art Nouveau character often associated with Tiffany Studios.

At the final phase of development are shades with both irregular upper and lower borders. In this group the artificial straight edge of the aperture is replaced by an openwork crown that simulates tree branches or shrubbery. Finials have been eliminated, and light and heat are diffused through the crown. The combination of the irregular upper and lower border is, according to Egon Neustadt (author of world standard reference source Lamps of Tiffany), "the consummate Tiffany Studios Shade."

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Tiffany Studios Pond Lily Lamp on Twisted Vine Base. Diameter 20"

Tiffany Studios Student Lamp with 10" Damascene Shade on Oil Can Base

Tiffany Studios Poinsettia Table Lamp on Urn Base. Diameter 14"

Tiffany Studios Oak Leaf Table Lamp on Amphora Base. Diameter 18"

Tiffany Studios Geometric Table Lamp with Cabochons on Pineapple Base. Diameter 16"

Tiffany Studios Crocus Table. Diameter 16"

Tiffany Studios Parasol Table Lamp. Diameter 24"

Tiffany Studios Bell Flower Table Lamp. Diameter 16"

Tiffany Studios Arrowroot Table Lamp on Lily Pad Base. Diameter 20"
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