Times & Places
Favrile at Corona Furnace
Although the term is also used for metalwork and ceramics, 'Favrile' is generally associated with the blown glass produced at Corona Furnace on Long Island, New York. First registered in 1894, the Favrile trade name was derived from the old English word "fabrile," meaning to belong to a craft. By using such a name, designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany associated expensive glassware with the romantic image of glassblowers using hand techniques at the turn of the century. While working in a glass works was hardly romantic, the Corona Furnace did employ numerous talented craftsmen. The chief blower and designer, Arthur Nash (American, b. England, 1849-1934), for example, was responsible in many ways for its international success.
Charles Venable, "Three Favrile vases," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, ed. Charles Venable (New Haven, NJ: Yale University Press, 1997), 241.