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Tiffany Studios New York Favrile Salt Dishes

In the 17th century, salt was a precious substance for which elaborate display pieces were made. After salt became more ubiquitous, the ornamental place of salt dishes remained on the dinner table. Tiffany's salt dishes, adorned with a golden iridescent finish, showcased intricately textured and scalloped borders, purposefully crafted to cradle petite serving utensils. The shimmering quality of these salt dishes was intended to create a captivating interplay with the ambient candlelight during evening meals.

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Item #: T-21149
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 2.25" diameter {Box: 2" x 10" x 7"}
Materials: Favrile Glass
Signed: All salts marked L.C.T. in a fitted original Tiffany Studios box, the interior of which is stamped “Tiffany Studios 333 4th Avenue New York.” 
Literature: Similar dishes pictured in Duncan Alastair and Tiffany Studios (New York N.Y.). 2007. Tiffany Lamps and Metalware : An Illustrated Reference to Over 2000 Models. 1st ed. Woodbridge: Antique Collector's Club. p. 453 pl. 1806

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 the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company 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. A similar salt dish is pictured in: Tiffany Favrile Art Glass, by Moise S. Steeg, Jr., Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1997, p. 115.