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Tiffany Studios New York "Peacock Gooseneck" Favrile Glass Sprinkler Vase


A stunning specimen of a Tiffany Studios New York "Gooseneck" sprinkler vase, this piece is crafted from "Peacock" Favrile glass pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This particular sprinkler vase, with its graceful half-spiraled neck, has iridescent hues of blue, green, and violet swirling throughout its body, with a small splash of yellow near the top. "Peacock" glass was achieved by combining five different types of glass, two of which were aventurine (glass with suspended gold particles).

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Item #: T-19724
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 14" height, 4.5" diameter
Materials: Favrile glass
Signed: Engraved "779T L.C.T. Favrile"
Literature: Similar vase pictured in Louis C. Tiffany: Rebel in Glass, by Robert Koch, New York, 1964, pl. vii 

According to folklore, Persian rosewater sprinklers were originally used as "containers for tears"—the vessel, named ashkdan, was meant to collect the sorrows of wives separated from their husbands. The story goes that a husband who had to go away for a prolonged period on business, war, or pilgrimage to Mecca, gave an ashkdan to his wife so that she could weep into it during his absence, and consequently prove how unhappy she had been without him.