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Tiffany Studios

Vase

Tiffany Studios

Tiffany Studios

Vase

Vase

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Tiffany Studios

Vase


circa 1900

Favrile glass

engraved L.C.T. L2115

5¼ inches (13.3 cm) high

Overall in very good condition. This charming, small-scale work displays exuberant color and decoration. The ground is executed in a rich cerulean blue with a variety of warm brown and orange confetti and bright red and apple green applied decorations. The glass with occasional minor surface irregularities, minute air bubbles (including a few which are open to the surface) and particulate inclusions throughout which are inherent in the making and not visually distracting. The glass surfaces throughout with scattered, very fine and light surface scratches consistent with age and gentle handling. The interior of the vase with some surface soiling consistent with age. The underside of the vase is applied with a Doros Collection accession number and presents with some minor traces of adhesive residue.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Ophir Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey, 2003
Paul Doros, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York, 2013, p. 213 (for the present lot illustrated)

Charming Curiosities –

Miniature Vases


What collectors now refer to as “miniatures” were actually referred to as cabinet pieces when they were initially introduced to the public by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. They were among the earliest pieces produced by the company and were frequently mentioned in the firm’s initial 1894 advertisements for its newly-developed material: “Tiffany Favrile Glass, made by special processes under the supervision of Mr. Louis C. Tiffany. This new material has been worked into a variety of large and small objects for the collector’s cabinet and lovers of bric-a-brac…” The advent of electric lighting into American homes made these petite objects commercially viable, as pieces could now be visible throughout the day and night, even in the darkest recesses of a display cabinet.


Miniature examples were also more affordable than the larger vases, opening the market to those collectors not as wealthy as Tiffany’s usual clientele. Individuals who did not necessarily have the money or space for a major piece could now obtain a glass vase from the internationally-acclaimed company that would validate their sophisticated good taste to all who entered their homes. Tiffany Studios encapsulated their marketing philosophy in their published 1902 portfolio: “Small pieces of Favrile Glass, of great variety in form and coloring. Especially appropriate for gifts and cabinet collections, as every piece is unique and is signed.”


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