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Candlestick (one of a pair)

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Artwork Details

Candlestick (one of a pair)
circa 1918
Louis Comfort Tiffany
bronze and glass
15 1/4 in. (38.6 cm)
Gift of Julia Woods Andrews in memory of Ella Johns Andrews
1999/1.87A&B

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

Tiffany was conversant with glass (both mosaics and blown glass vessels) from different cultures and epochs, including that of ancient Rome. This miniature vase exhibits Tiffany's mastery of asymmetrical form (which recalls late antique glass as well as sharing in the aesthetic of Art Nouveau) and recalls the beautiful small bottles that contained perfumes or precious oils excavated from Roman sites. Tiffany's gorgeous use of color and iridescence in a small vase such as this also evokes the iridescence of excavated Roman glass--not an intended effect in the Roman work but a result of chemical changes in the glass as a consequence of contact with acidic and moist earth. In this small vase, Tiffany conjures up all the rich association of late Roman glass as well as the opulent color and lines of Tiffany's contemporary arts and crafts.

Physical Description:

One of a pair of candlesticks with irridescent glass cup-like vessel on metal stem

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