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Tiffany Studios
American, born established 1902

Favrile Vase

about 1918

Object Type: Glass
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
9 3/4 in. x Diam: 3 5/8 in. (24.77 cm x 9.21 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 1960.0233

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Capell

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The original name that L. C. Tiffany gave his handcrafted glass was "Fabrile" derived from an Old English word meaning "handwrought." It was later modifed to the term "Favrile" which designated his Tiffany Studios glassware of the 1890s. In that decade, Tiffany's hand-blown glass became a highly valued commodity in both the United States and Europe, promoted by Siegfried Bing, whose Paris gallery, Maison de L'Art Nouveau, was instrumental in spreading the style known as Art Nouveau.

Tiffany was widely admired for his use of iridescent surfaces on his blown glass, a quality that came to be associated with his Art Nouveau-style glass. The quality of light, and its direction as it falls on the surface of the glass, produces a range of rich, jewel-like colors including golds, blues, greens and purples. By manipulating the glass as it was being formed in its molten state, the glassmaker (or gaffer) could create the effects such as the striated green leaf shapes that decorate the surface of this elegantly-shaped vessel.

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