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Tiffany Studios New York Floral "Paperweight" Favrile Glass Vase


This Favrile "Paperweight" vase by Tiffany Studios New York incorporates highly sophisticated glass techniques, using it to showcase and capture the phenomenon of changing light in the golden hour before the sun sets or rises against a stem of gladiolus flowers with yellow, green and purple threads. The earliest examples of "Paperweight" objects appeared around 1900, Louis Comfort Tiffany loved this technique of encasing a design within a dome of transparent glass because it was a great vehicle for expressing the ethereal and ephemeral nature of the blooms he so cherished.

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Item #: T-17671
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Circa: 1909
Dimensions: 14" height, 4.5" diameter
Materials: Favrile glass
Signed: "8163D L.C. Tiffany - Favrile"
Literature: Vase with similar decoration pictured in The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Paul E. Doros, New York: The Vendome Press, 2013, p. 136, fig. 82; Vase with similar decoration pictured in Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Jacob Baal-Teshuva, New York: Taschen, 2001, p. 291

Through Louis Comfort Tiffany’s scientific experimentation with glassmaking, he developed new processes, creating a wider range of textures, opalescent sheens and brighter colors. Over a period of twenty years he patented four types of glass, including "Paperweight" glass.