Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany

L.C. Tiffany Favrile Vase. Special Order Green Cased Favrile with Pulled Leaf & Vine Decoration, 11 1/2 “ high, signed – Estimate: $6,000 to $8,000

This magnificent and large Tiffany vase with wheel carved and cameo decoration was considered one of the finest Tiffany vases the firm has ever had the pleasure of offering. Condition, quality, and rarity meant a selling price of $37,375, exceeding expectations of $25,000-$35,000

Vase, 1893–96
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); Made by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892–1902)
American; Made in Mid-Atlantic, Corona, New York, America
Favrile glass
14 1/8 x 11 1/2 in. (35.9 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of H. O. Havemeyer, 1896 (96.17.10)
This vase was among the first works of American glass to enter the Museum's collection. It arrived in 1896, owing to the generosity of Louisine and Henry Osborne Havemeyer. The Havemeyers were most likely prompted by Louis Comfort Tiffany when they presented their collection of Tiffany Favrile glass to the Museum only three years after Tiffany started making decorative blown-glass vessels. The shapes, colors, and finishes of Tiffany's vases and plaques were inspired by the natural world and by ancient glass. This vase illustrates a quintessential Tiffany motif of peacocks in characteristic iridescence, or the shimmering surface effect unique to Tiffany's Favrile glass.

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