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Louis Comfort Tiffany

Artwork Details

circa 1896-1900
Louis Comfort Tiffany
glass with federzeichnung decoration in silver luster with amber and green stria
5 15/16 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/16 in. (15 x 8 x 8 cm);5 15/16 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/16 in. (15 x 8 x 8 cm)
University purchase 1930, transferred to the Museum of Art, 1972/2.205


In conversation with Jennifer Perry Thalheimer, Collections Manager, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (6/27/06) comes the following information:
The label on the bottom of the vessel FAVRILE T G D CO stands for Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company and was added to glass works created between 1892 and 1900 (although a few were used after 1900). There is work ongoing about the numbers on paper labels or etched into the bases of Tiffany glass works to establish what they might indicate as to dating, style, inventory, etc.

Subject Matter:

Henry and Lousine Havemeyer were active collectors of the hand-made, iridescent glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany had been known for making leaded windows since the late 1870s, but only began to make blown-glass vessels in the early 1890s—not long after his work on the Havemeyer house in New York. Tiffany’s term for this opulent glasswork was Favrile (a term derived from the Old English work fabrile, meaning “handmade”); Tiffany obtained a patent for the richly colored and iridescent
Favrile glass in 1894.
Working with Tiffany to select outstanding pieces, the Havemeyers amassed an impressive collection of Tiffany’s Favrile glass; much of it was donated by the family to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nearly all of the Tiffany glass in the University of Michigan’s collection was purchased at auction in 1930, along with the architectural fragments, by Emil Lorch, University of Michigan's Dean of the College of Architecture and Design.

Physical Description:

This small bottle consists of iridescent glass with mirror-like surfaces and swirling desigsn in green and brown that evoke agate. The dark designs are in bands that grow up from the base and along the shoulder.

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