Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Thomas Manderson


British Museum

British Museum

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was the son of the famous jeweller and silversmith Charles Lewis Tiffany, who ran the prestigious Tiffany department store in New York. Trained as a painter, L.C. Tiffany embarked on a career as an interior decorator in 1879. An initial interest in stained glass led to the founding of his own glassworks at Corona on Long Island in 1893, renamed Tiffany Furnaces in 1902. Shortly afterwards he began to produce ornamental glass, including pieces with an iridescent finish such as this. He called this new range Favrile, after the seventeenth-century English word 'fabrile', meaning 'belonging to a craftsman or his craft'.The unusual shape of this vase was inspired by an American woodland flower known as a jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), so called because its wide flared folded neck suggested the idea of a preacher raised above his congregation. This shape is thought to have been introduced by one of the firm's glassblowers, Thomas Manderson, around 1900, although Tiffany himself was in overall charge of design. With its long neck and fluid contours, it is typical of the strongly organic forms created around the turn of the century in what became known as the Art Nouveau style.

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  • Title: Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Thomas Manderson
  • Date Created: 1896/1896
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 15.60cm; Diameter: 22.10cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: blown; inlaid; folded
  • Registration number: 1980,1109.1
  • Production place: Factory in Corona. Factory in Long Island
  • Producer: Designed by Tiffany, Louis Comfort. Factory of Tiffany, Louis Comfort
  • Material: glass; gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Jesse, John