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Tiffany Studios New York "Lava" Glass Vase


This "Lava" Favrile glass vase from Tiffany Studios New York is a beautiful display of Louis Comfort Tiffany's artistry in the American Art Nouveau style. The free-form abstract drippings of gold molten glass and the speckled midnight blue and gold ground recreate the naturalistic effects of flowing lava, making this vase an exceptional example of the "Lava" glass art form.

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Item #: T-15784
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York 
Circa: 1908
Dimensions: 5" diameter, 4.5" height
Materials: Lava glass
Signed: "L.C. Tiffany Favrile 6690M"
Provenance: The Garden Museum Collection, Matsue, Japan; and "Important Art Nouveau from the Private Collection of Lloyd & Barbara Macklowe" at Sotheby's, 1995 
Literature: Glass vase pictured in A Selection of 300 Works From Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, by Takeo Horiuchi, Japan: Greco Corporation Fine Art Department, 2001, p. 250; Glass vase also pictured in Tiffany Favrile Glass and the Quest of Beauty, by Martin Eidelberg, p. 29, plate 28; Similar glass vase pictured in The Tiffany Collection of the Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, by Paul E. Doros, Richmond, VA: W. M. Brown & son, Inc., 1978, p. 70, plate 69
Exhibition History: Similar piece also in the permanent collection of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA

A visit to Mount Etna in Sicily during one of its eruptions is said to have inspired Louis Comfort Tiffany to capture, in glass, the force and beauty of the molten volcanic flows and basaltic rock formations that he observed there.