American, 1848 - 1933
Vase, c. 1900
H. 13 3/4 x Dia. 5 in.
The spectacular glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, with its fluid shapes, brilliant coloring and sinuous ornamentation, became America's greatest contribution to the international Art Nouveau style.
In 1880 Tiffany patented Favrile glass (from the Latin word faber, meaning artisan or handmade) inspired by ancient iridescent techniques produced by exposing hot glass to metallic fumers and oxides. The technique soon became a trademark for Tiffany and could never be matched for brilliance of color, fantasy of form or quality of workmanship. The graceful silhouette of this hand-blown vase with delicate wheel-carved leafage applied over a translucent ground is among the artist's quietest, yet most successful compositions. Tiffany's restraint in both color and motif has resulted in a work of soothing tranquillity.