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Tiffany Studios New York “Calla Lily” Favrile Glass Vase

This Favrile “Calla lily” Paperweight vase by Tiffany Studios New York incorporates highly sophisticated glass techniques, using it to capture the phenomenon of leaf browning with teal, chartreuse, and sienna glass canes. The opalescent stems highlight three calla lily stems with umber stamens, each layer of petals resembling the sensual folds of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral abstractions. 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-20837
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1915
Dimensions: 16.5" height
Materials: Favrile Glass
Signed: 3002 G L. C. Tiffany Favrile
Exhibition History: A similar vase, circa 1910, signed L.C. Tiffany-Favrile 17 A-Coll., measuring 16 1/2 inches, is in the collection of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, in Winter Park, Florida (Acc. no. 2003-023).

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.