Tiffany favrile blue hearts and vines glass vase

£2,450.00

Antiques Reference 2443

Tiffany favrile blue hearts and vines vase

 

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Description

Description

A beautiful Tiffany favrile glass  vase decorated with Hearts and Vines. Tiffany favrile blue vases are rarer than the gold and green versions. This example has the silvery blue hearts and vines decoration on a blue iridescent  background that shades from blue to purple. Signed to the underside LC Tiffany – Favrile and numbered 3687E. A beautiful and rare example from this master glass maker. Excellent original condition

History

Tiffany glass refers to the many and varied types of glass developed and produced from 1878 to 1933 at the Tiffany Studios in New York, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a team of other designers, including Clara Driscoll, Agnes F. Northrop, and Frederick Wilson.

In 1865, Tiffany travelled to Europe, and in London he visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, whose extensive collection of Roman and Syrian glass made a deep impression on him. He admired the coloration of medieval glass and was convinced that the quality of contemporary glass could be improved upon. In his own words, the “Rich tones are due in part to the use of pot metal full of impurities, and in part to the uneven thickness of the glass, but still more because the glass maker of that day abstained from the use of paint”.

Tiffany was an interior designer, and in 1878 his interest turned toward the creation of stained glass, when he opened his own studio and glass foundry because he was unable to find the types of glass that he desired in interior decoration. His inventiveness both as a designer of windows and as a producer of the material with which to create them was to become renowned. Tiffany wanted the glass itself to transmit texture and rich colours and he developed a type of glass he called “Favrile“.

The glass was manufactured at the Tiffany factory located at 96-18 43rd Avenue in the Corona section of Queens from 1901 to 1932. Tiffany patented Favrile glass in 1892. Favrile glass often has a distinctive characteristic that is common in some glass from Classical antiquity: it possesses a superficial iridescence. This iridescence causes the surface to shimmer, but also causes a degree of opacity. This iridescent effect of the glass was obtained by mixing different colours of glass together while hot.

According to Tiffany:

“Favrile glass is distinguished by brilliant or deeply toned colours, usually iridescent like the wings of certain American butterflies, the necks of pigeons and peacocks, the wing covers of various beetles.”

Date c 1912

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height 7 cm

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