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Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Company (aka Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Company)
American, 1902–1925



Object Type: Glass
17 in. x Diam: 6 7/8 in. (43.18 cm x 17.46 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass and bronze
Accession Number: 2002.0007.0002 ab

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Capell, by exchange

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This vase was made between the years 1905 and 1910 by the Quezal Art Glass and Decorating Company in Brooklyn, New York. It is probably a replica of a Tiffany design, but is certainly inspired by Tiffany's success. The founder of Quezal, Martin Bach, was a first mixer for Tiffany and was caught stealing Tiffany formulas. He hired Thomas Johnson, one of Tiffany’s gaffers to work for him, and Johnson also used Tiffany methods and formulas in Quezal productions. This fact explains the overwhelming similarity between the glass production of Quezal and those of the more established Tiffany Studios.

This vase is gracefully decorated with Art Nouveau, Asian, and Egyptian-inspired exotic elements such as the bronze base composed of three snakes holding a lotus blossom which is the receptacle for the glass vessel. The bronze lotus flower holds a delicate and slender milky white vase decorated by pulled green leaf forms. The leaves are outlined in gold and surmounted by a ruffled rim displaying the gold interior. The bronze base was carefully modeled and cast by a skilled (probably former Tiffany employed) craftsman. This, along with the free-blown decorated glass container, form this elegantly crafted vase.

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