If the workshops of Louis Comfort Tiffany ever produced something that was not beautiful we have yet to see it. These “blown-out” candlesticks (the glass being blown into the bronze) impress with their simplicity and elegance. We have no words. Candlesticks measure 14 1/2″ x 6″ diameter.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. Tiffany was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.
Favrile glass is a type of iridescent art glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. It was patented in 1894 and first produced in 1896. It differs from most iridescent glasses because the color is ingrained in the glass itself, as well as having distinctive coloring. Favrile glass was first used in Tiffany’s stained-glass windows. Tiffany founded his first glass factory in 1892, which he called the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. It was located in Corona, New York. Here Tiffany established his unique method of glassmaking: pouring the colors into molten glass so they are embedded.
In 1865, Tiffany traveled to Europe, and in London he visited The South Kensington Museum, later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum, whose extensive collection of Roman and Syrian glass made a deep impression on him. He admired the coloration of medieval glass and was convinced that the quality of contemporary glass could be improved upon. At the 1900 Paris Exposition, Favrile glass won the grand prize in the exposition. The original trade name Fabrile was derived from an Old English word, fabrile, meaning “hand-wrought” or handcrafted. Tiffany later changed the word to Favrile “since this sounded better”. Some of the distinguishing colors in Favrile glass include “Gold Lustre,” Samian Red,” Mazarin Blue,” “Tel-al-amana” (or Turquoise Blue), and Aquamarine.
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