The Doros Collection: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

The Doros Collection: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Tiffany Studios

An Important and Rare "Window" Vase

Auction Closed

December 8, 12:14 AM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details


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

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)

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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