Floriform Vase, Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios New York, 1896, Favrile glass, signed
The vase is signed with “L.C.T.” for Louis Comfort Tiffany and “F207” (1896); original paper label
The enterprise Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of the most important and most famous art manufactures in America around the turn of the century. Next to the famous lamps and leaded glass mosaic windows, the glass products are among the most important objects that were produced by Tiffany in New York.
Vases of the “floriform” type range among the most desired glasses, were complicated to produce and therefore very expensive even around 1900. Tiffany’s objects d’art were often inspired by floral motives in this case it depicts a reduced blooming flower.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (New York 1848 – 1933 New York) was a famous American designer, artist and painter of American Art Nouveau. He was best known for his works in glass colored with metal salts and made a name for himself in the decorative arts at the time. In the course of his career, he created a unique style that combined outstanding craftsmanship with a love for natural shapes and bright colors. Nature had always been his inspiration and in his designs he tried, in his very own way, to capture its beauty forever. Tiffany designed lamps, glass mosaics, lead glass windows, glass vases, ceramics, jewellery, enamel and metalwork. Among the highlights of his work were countless high awards, including a Grand Prix at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition and his life’s work “Laurelton Hall”, an 84-room home for his family in Long Island, New York.
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