Iridescent Glass Vase
Opaque blue glass vase with two bands of purple and gold decoration wrapping around.Full description »
Opaque blue glass vase with two bands of purple and gold decoration wrapping around. Purple iridescence to exterior. Etched on base: 'L.C.T.' 'K1080'.
Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of the founder of Tiffany and Company. Rather than joining the family business, he decided to set up his own company to produce leaded-glass windows, mosaics, lighting, glass, pottery, metalwork, enamels, jewellery, and interiors.
In 1892, Tiffany built a glasshouse in Corona, Queens New York. Working with Englishman Arthur J. Nash, Tiffany developed a method of blending together different colours of glass in their molten state. Tiffany called this glassware Favrile, in reference to the old-English word febrile (meaning ‘hand-wrought’).
'Given the choice, my personal favourite has to be the spectacular vase formed in opaque blue glass with a swollen base, applied all over with controlled feathered bands in the most beautiful lustrous shades of purple and gold.
This is my idea of a treasure…' Eric Knowles, antiquarian and expert from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow
From 1896 (between) to 1900 (between)