Louis Comfort Tiffany ( American, 1848 - 1933 )


Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company ( American, 1892 - 1902 )


Tiffany Furnaces, Inc. ( American, 1902 - 1919 )

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General Description

Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of America's most important designers at the turn of the century. The glass produced at his Corona Furnace on Long Island was especially famous because of its rich colors, organic shapes, and sinuous decoration. Tiffany perfected his Favrile glassware in 1892, with objects ready for commercial sale a year later. The glowing, iridescent quality of Favrile glass was intended to mimic the same qualities found in ancient glass unearthed in archaeological digs. Tiffany noted that his glass "is distinguished by brilliant or deeply toned colors, usually iridescent like the wings of certain American butterflies, the necks of pigeons and peacocks, the wing covers of various beetles." The iridescent effect was obtained though the vapors of metallic oxides interacting with the surface of the hot glass.

This vase is a fine example of the firm's more innovative products. Made in 1896, the piece is in high Art Nouveau style with gold lines covering the surface. This particular example is important because is was selected by the firm for inclusion in an exhibition, as is noted on its base.

Adapted from

  • DMA unpublished material.

  • Charles L. Venable, Ellen P. Denker, Katherine C. Grier, Stephen G. Harrison, China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 456.