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Tiffany Studios New York "Cypriote" Vase

This Tiffany Studios New York blue Favrile glass vase is an Art Nouveau interpretation of the Chinese huluping or double-gourd vase. Asymmetrical in form, the vase embodies the principles of wabi-sabi, beauty from imperfection. Its pockmarked surface gleams with iridescence, mimicking the natural appearance of archaeological Roman Glass and the fire of an Australian Black Opal.

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Item #: T-21140
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Dimensions: 6" high
Materials: Favrile Glass
Signed: engraved 3221P L.C. Tiffany-Favrile
Literature: Paul Doros, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2013, p. 116

Favrile is the trade name Tiffany gave to his blown art glass. The name derives from the Latin word fabrilis, meaning "made by hand." The technique was developed at Tiffany Furnaces in the mid-1890s using filaments from batches of differently colored glass and working the material while the glass was still molten. Ornamentation was added before the piece had its final shape, so that the decoration became fully integrated into the vessel. The technique was used in both decorative vases and functional pieces such as tableware (bowls, goblets, carafes) and lamp shades. Tiffany intended the favrile designation as a guarantee to current customers and future collectors of the fine quality of these objects.