Rare Cameo Vase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany Studios New York, 1907, signed
Bib.: cf. Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Taschen publ., New York 2001, p. 287; Alastair Duncan, “Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection”, 2004, p. 245
Louis Comfort Tiffany was always eager to try out new things. Besides his famous glass windows and lamps, he also created vases, enamel pieces, jewelry and ceramics of the highest quality. While the technique of cutting glass was primarily dominant in England, France and Bohemia, Tiffany wanted to master this mostly European craft. He hired Fredolin Kretschmann, a former worker at the famous English glass cutting company Thomas Webb & Sons and started producing his first cameo works around 1892. In the beginning, most of them were created for local museums because they were highly labor intensive and required much precision. Around 1900, there were four employees for glass cutting. Very few cameo-glass vases were created during the production period of Louis Comfort Tiffany and they are highly sought-after by collectors.
Our rare vase bears the motive of the Nasturtium: Five red blossoms, thirty partly green cased and partly translucent leaves and numerous veins surround the vase on an opalescent, iridescent glass body. Everything was cut by hand via wheel. The vase is signed at the bottom with “L. C. Tiffany”, “4891B” (1907) as well as “Favrile”
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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