Project Description

This Tiffany favrile vase was designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the beginning of the twentieth century. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the premier designer of the decorative arts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, known mostly for his glass work. Tiffany patented favrile glass in 1894 and began its production in 1896. The defining characteristic of favrile glass is a distinct iridescent coloring, which is ingrained in the glass itself rather than on the surface as with most iridescent glasses of the time. The design is simple, letting the rich color consume the attention of its audience. The vase has a flared lip and is signed on the rim of the base. It is one of many Tiffany pieces within the Berea College collection, and one of many gifts of Mrs. W.A. Julian, a former student and professor at Berea College.

-Charla Hamilton, Class of 2015

Object Details

Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848-1933
c. 1919
10 1/4" x 3 1/4"
American Luxury Exhibition: October 12, 2013 - December 12, 2013
From the Estate of Mrs. W. A. Julian, 1950