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Tiffany Studios New York Floral "Paperweight" Favrile Glass Vase


This Tiffany Studios New York "Paperweight" Favrile glass vase depicts a band of white daisies with green leaves. 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 across visuals on the vase. Through careful and innovative layering of glass forms, Louis Comfort Tiffany managed, in this dynamic vase, to create a soft and hazy, inviting, and atmospheric effect in which the daisies appear as though within a pleasant mirage.

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Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 5" diameter, 11" height
Materials: Favrile glass
Signed: “2989 G L. C. Tiffany - Favrile”
Literature: Similar vase pictured in Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co., by John Loring, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, p. 158

The "Paperweight" technique involved fusing thin rods of transparent glass in a variety of colors. The resulting thicker rod was cut into thin pieces, that were then worked into clear glass. A major innovation in Louis Comfort Tiffany's work around 1900 involved the encasement of hot glass with an additional transparent layer—a technique associated with paperweights. The added layer of clear glass produced a three-dimensional effect, as though the plants existed in a lower level of the vase, beneath the surface.