Louis Comfort Tiffany ( American, 1848 - 1933 )


Tiffany Studios ( American, 1902 - 1932 )

c. 1905–1919
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General Description

Characterized by a vegetal form and a vivid palette, this vase is the result of Louis Comfort Tiffany's late foray into pottery following the critical and financial success of his Favrile glasswares. While Tiffany first experimented with pottery in 1898, four years after he trademarked Favrile, from fabrile or "hand-wrought" in Old English, he did not offer these wares for sale until around 1905. All production examples, including this one, were cast in molds, and variation was achieved through the application of glazes, usually ivory or a shade of green, developed by Tiffany Studios manager Arthur J. Nash and his son Leslie. The saturated and subtly irridiscent teal, blue, and purple glazes that cascade from the scalloped lip to the bulbous base demonstrate the influence of turn-of-the-century French art pottery and porcelain that Tiffany collected and exhibited at his firm's Manhattan location.

Drawn from

  • Kevin Tucker and Emily Schiller, DMA unpublished material, 2012.
  • Martin Eidelberg, Tiffany Favrile Pottery and the Quest of Beauty (New York: Lillian Nassau LLC, 2010), 12-13.

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