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Tiffany Studios New York "Damascene" Favrile Glass Vase

This arresting Damascene Favrile Glass Vase bears a swirling pattern of blue and purple iridescence and ochre glass. The vase's pattern is based upon Damascus steel, whereby near eastern blacksmiths welded iron and high carbon steel, folding the metal over and over again and drawing it out into arms and armor. The metal was then treated with acid, which reacted differently to the various layers.

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Item #: T-21139
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1902
Dimensions: 5.875" high
Materials: Favrile Glass
Signed: engraved L.C. Tiffany T8400 Favrile
Exhibition History: Glass Threads: Tiffany, Quezal, Imperial, Durand, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey, April 3, 2004-January 2, 2005
Literature: Gay LeCleire Taylor, Glass Threads: Tiffany, Quezal, Imperial, Durand, exh. cat., Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, 2004, p. 35, fig. 31-2 (for the present lot illustrated) Paul Doros, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2013, p. 24 (for the present lot illustrated)

The term “Favrile,” derived from the Old English word “Fabrile” meaning handmade, is a type of glass that Louis Comfort Tiffany patented in 1894, after years of experimentation. Favrile glass is highly iridescent due to the embedded coloring. The term “Favrile” glass was used generally by Tiffany Studios New York to mark their various products, from art and stained glass to ceramics, to denote a product of the highest quality created by hand by the company’s craftspeople.