Even with too Tiffany vases stolen from their summerhouse in 2003, and the majority still in Italy, the gatherings of shimmering, iridescent Favrile glass
vases on display here are stunningly beautiful (Fig.
After three essays by Doros (Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia) discussing Tiffany, his company, and Favrile glass
, this dazzling oversize volume offers full-page photos (by David Schlegel) of 180 pieces that were blown and decorated by hand between the 1890s and the 1920s.
The effect was a rainbow-like finish which copied the Favrile glass
made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in his New York works in the 1880s.
Marcelle Lender, Dancing the Bolero, from 1895, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Below: Blue and gold favrile glass
jack in the pulpit vase, 1915, by Louis Comfort Tiffany
"The Favrile glass
has been such a success as free standing accessories and lighting with fabric shades, we wanted to marry the look with art glass shades, which, of course, is what we are known for," while keeping the look transitional, said Ken Kallett, executive vice president.
, the trademark for Tiffany handmade glass, resulted from these experiments and with the exception of Tiffany lamps, it is the ware for which he is best known.
"The Department of American Art's collection contains several notable examples of favrile glass
from Tiffany Studios, but this exceptional addition brings a new level of quality," Barter says.
Had Tiffany lived on 79 more years, he could have seen his legacy of the Favrile glass
technique unravel its own magic -- separate and unique from the acclaim accorded his father, Charles Tiffany, who made history as founder of one of the world's most famous lines of jewelry, Tiffany and Co.