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- Tiffany Studios
- A Rare "Anemone" Paperweight Vase
- engraved 8155D L. C. Tiffany-Favrile
- favrile glass
- 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) high
Macklowe Gallery, New York
Paul E. Doros, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2013, p. 146 (for a related example)
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glasshouse never made what are considered to be traditional paperweights: hemispherical domes of thick, transparent glass encasing a design created with torchwork or millefiori. What are today known as the company’s paperweight-technique vases, however, frequently did employ millefiori encased between two relatively thin layers of clear glass and were an ideal medium to express Tiffany’s love of botany.
First developed around 1900, the glasshouse’s early attempts at paperweight vases were relatively crude and display the gaffers’ obvious problems with mastering the technique. The millefiori flowers were simple, poorly formed and indistinct, and many pieces have interior threads and inclusions that are visually distracting. However, the craftsmen perfected their skills within five years and paperweight vases of great beauty were produced by the company into the 1920s.
The piece presented here fully demonstrates the superior artistry of Tiffany’s glassmakers once the initial production problems had been solved. The numerous large and complex millefiori “Anemones” are easily recognizable and superbly crafted in striated shades of blue and purple with distinct stamens and pistils. The irregular brown and yellow-tinted leaves and sinuous green stems are finely assimilated into the design. Finally, the interior has a light orange-gold iridescence that serves as a perfect background for the flowers.