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Tiffany Studios

An Important and Rare "Window" Vase

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

An Important and Rare "Window" Vase

An Important and Rare "Window" Vase

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Tiffany Studios

An Important and Rare "Window" Vase


circa 1920

Favrile glass

engraved 3326P L.C. Tiffany-Favrile with the firm’s paper label

5⅛ inches (13 cm) high

Overall very good condition. This rare work is one of only six known examples produced by the firm. When viewed firsthand, the vase displays a rich charcoal ground that is enhanced by subtle pink and purple iridescence, creating a highly nuanced palette. The decorative bands above and below the cabochon register amplify the “window” effect of the technique and display rich gold, silver, purple and powder blue iridescence. The walls of the vase are opaque which enhances the dramatic effect of the transparent windows. The glass with scattered minor air bubbles and surface irregularities inherent in the making and not visually distracting. The glass with scattered fine surface scratches consistent with age and gentle handling, not visually distracting. The window cabochons are each encircled with finely articulated carved scalloped borders. When viewed with reflected light, the blue interior of the vase visible through the windows visually mixes with the yellow and orange confetti to create a variegated palette of blues, greens and yellows. With remitted light, the yellow and ochre tones of the confetti pieces within the window cabochons become visible. The window cabochons present with occasional minor air bubbles and particulate inclusions inherent in the making and only visible upon close inspection. Two cabochons each with a fine, stable, curved internal hairline near the right edge which is inherent to the annealing process and not visually distracting. One of these windows with a small fleck to the upper edge of the cabochon near the hairline, inherent to production. The interior of the vase is executed in a vibrant cerulean and cobalt blue palette. The irregular surface texture of the interior displays a few slightly more pronounced surface irregularities and minor surface losses, the largest measuring approximately ½ inch wide on the inner surface of the neck, all inherent in the making. The bottom interior of the vase with an inclusion on the surface, only visible upon close inspection. The interior with some light surface soiling, consistent with age. The underside of the vase is applied with a Doros Collection accession number. An outstanding, complex work that exemplifies the ingenuity of Tiffany Studios and mastery of their craft.


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Theodore Rosenberg, New York
Parke-Bernet, New York, October 30, 1970, lot 154
Private Collection
Sotheby’s New York, November 30, 1990, lot 947
Louis Comfort Tiffany, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Crafts of the American Craftsmen’s Council, 1958, p. 42, pl. 17 (for a related example numbered 3332P from the Carnegie Institute Collection)
Hugh McKean, The “Lost” Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 1980, p. 170, fig. 170 (for a related example numbered 3301P)
Alastair Duncan, Louis C. Tiffany: The Garden Museum Collection, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2004, p. 236 (for a related example from the Garden Museum Collection numbered 600N)
Paul Doros, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2013, pp. 52 and 200 (for the present lot illustrated)
Tiffany’s Iridescence: Glass in Rainbow Hues, Queens Museum, New York, October 2018-December 2019

Glass Ambitions –

The “Window” Vase


Vases of this type, popularly known as “window,” were perhaps the most technically difficult type of blown Favrile glass object ever attempted by the Tiffany Furnaces. They were also among the most unlikely to survive the annealing, or cooling, process due to the multiple layers of glass employed and the incredible use of foliage, or confetti, glass as an inner lining. There were apparently only six examples ever produced, all of them made around 1920. Two are in private collections, one is in the Newark Museum of Art (Newark, New Jersey), another in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (Winter Park, Florida), and the locations of the remaining two are unknown. Only three of the vases, including this magnificent example, feature thick transparent applied and polished cabochons over the exposed openings that reveal the resplendent foliage glass inner lining. 


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