Louis Comfort Tiffany: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Ribbed Gold Favrile Urn (c.1900-1915) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933) was an American artist and designer who is perhaps best known for his stained glass lamps and windows.'

Vase (1893) by Louis Comfort TiffanyThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

'By 1892, Louis Comfort Tiffany--son of the Tiffany & Co. founder--was already well known for his work as an interior decorator and designer of stained-glass windows and lamps. But in that year, he developed a glass-coloring technique that would seal his reputation as America ́s greatest Art Nouveau designer.'

Vase (1893 - 1896) by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, b.1848, d.1933)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Inspired by the work of the French artist and designer Emile Gallé, he produced a great variety of extraordinary art glass. In 1885 he established the Tiffany Glass Company in Corona, New York, which was renamed Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. in 1892.'

Vase (1893 - 1896) by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, b.1848, d.1933)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Tiffany, like other glassmakers of his time, was stimulated by the public's interest in exotic forms and materials. He imitated the characteristic colors and shapes of Islamic, Bohemian, Venetian, and ancient glass.'

A Wooded Landscape in Three Panels (c. 1905) by Louis Comfort TiffanyThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

'Instead, by layering different textures, thicknesses, and colors of glass on top of each other within the window--just as an artist might layer paint on a canvas--Louis Comfort Tiffany created subtle color combinations that change with variations in light. During his lifetime, it was said that Tiffany "painted" with glass.'

Gold Favrile Vase (c.1900) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933) was an American artist and designer who is perhaps best known for his stained glass lamps and windows. He worked in a variety of media designing mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork and blown glass.'

Decorated Gold Favrile Trumpet Vase (c.1890-1910) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'That same year Tiffany coined the term favrile (meaning hand-fabricated), which he patented in 1894 and applied the term to all of his glass, enamel and pottery work to suggest their handmade quality.'

Gold Favrile Candlestick (c.1894-1915) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'In 1893 he opened a glass factory in New York and established a unique method of treating molten glass with metallic oxides that absorbed into the glass, creating an iridescent surface effect. That same year Tiffany coined the term favrile (meaning hand-fabricated), which he patented in 1894 and applied the term to all of his glass, enamel and pottery work to suggest their handmade quality.'

Gold Favrile Candlestick (c.1894-1915) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'In 1893 he opened a glass factory in New York and established a unique method of treating molten glass with metallic oxides that absorbed into the glass, creating an iridescent surface effect.'

Gold Favrile Place Setting (c.1902-1918) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'He worked in a variety of media designing mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork and blown glass. In 1893 he opened a glass factory in New York and established a unique method of treating molten glass with metallic oxides that absorbed into the glass, creating an iridescent surface effect.'

Gold Favrile Tulip Vase (c.1902-1918) by Tiffany StudiosBergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

'He worked in a variety of media designing mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork and blown glass.'

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