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Image of Rose Water Sprinkler

Louis Comfort Tiffany
American, 1848–1933

Rose Water Sprinkler

1900

Object Type: Glass
Dimensions:
15 1/4 in. x Diam: 6 7/8 in. (38.74 cm x 17.46 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 2002.0007.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jackson L. Bostwick, by exchange

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Louis Comfort Tiffany is today popularly known for his leaded glass lamps, but those manufactured items were only produced at the end of a long career as a designer in the late nineteenth century. Tiffany was the most prominent figure in American Art Nouveau, a style originating in Europe, but which became internationally influential in the 1890s.

This goosneck vessel (sometimes termed a rosewater sprinkler or flask) was inspired by designs that Tiffany saw in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum—the museum had two blue Persian sprinklers in this distinctive form. The shapes were an ideal vehicle to exploit the beautiful fluidity of form that could be achieved in blown glass, which was a central part of Tiffany's business in the 1890s. By using gathers of glass of various compositions and colors, the glass blower could manipulate the molten glass at the end of the pipe to create the sinuous form and the delicate lines that are pulled up from the base of the vessel. The iridescent finish on the surface is characteristic of Tiffany's Art Nouveau style.

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