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Tiffany Studios New York "Nasturtium" Paperweight Glass Vase


This "Nasturtium" paperweight glass vase, from Tiffany Studios New York, features purple nasturtium blossoms with green leaves set within a golden, translucent ground. The beauty of the paperweight glass technique comes not only from knowing that it was a marvelous technical innovation of its time, but also in the particularly romantic ocular effect it achieves. Through careful and innovative layering of glass forms, Louis Comfort Tiffany managed, in this vase, to create a soft and hazy, inviting and atmospheric effect in which the nasturtium blossoms appear as though within a pleasant mirage.

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Item #: T-15308
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 4" diameter, 11" height
Materials: Paperweight glass
Signed: "L.C.T R2032"
Provenance: The Garden Museum Collection, Matsue, Japan
Literature: Glass vase pictured in Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2004, p. 260

The paperweight technique involved fusing thin rods of transparent glass in a variety of colors. The resulting thicker rod was but into thin pieces and were then worked into clear glass.