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Glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany

American designer extraordinaire!


The soft luster that Tiffany's glass experimentation made famous is called favrile glass. He was influenced by ancient Roman and Syrian glass that had an iridescent glow due to its age. He founded the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company that was in operation from 1892-1902. He designed glass for the White House, St. John the Divine Church in New York, and the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of the famous jeweler, Charles Lewis Tiffany.

Covered glass dish at a museum. Look with new eyes at Tiffany glass
Favrile glass by Tiffany at the Metropolitan Mueum of Art


Vase, 1893-96, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), American. Made by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892-1902). Metropolitan Museum of Art, public domain.




Green glass vase at a museum
Glass vase by Tiffany for visitors to admire


Vase with feathered look, 1893-96, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), American. Made by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892-1902). Metropolitan Museum of Art, public domain.







Bowl with red, blue, white, and gold
Ancient Roman glass bowel


An example of the kind of glass that influenced Louis Comfort Tiffany.


Glass garland bowl, Roman, late 1st century BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, public domain.






Where have you seen Tiffany glass? Did is spark curiosity? Admiration? Delight?

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