There are 3 other images of this object. This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.


See more objects with the tag leisure, wine, alcohol.

See more objects with the color darkgrey grey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline



  • Work on this object ended.


  • We acquired this object.





  • You found it!

Wine Glass (USA)

This is a Wine glass. It was produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company and the design director was Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1966. Its medium is mouth-blown favrile glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Louis Comfort Tiffany coined the term “Favrile,” based on the Old English word “fabrile,” meaning handmade, to describe the semi-opaque glass he patented in 1894. Tiffany was fascinated by ancient glass that had become iridescent from decay. He used this inspiration to develop modern wares. Tiffany’s glassblowers added colors and metallic salts—which gave the iridescent effect—to the molten glass so that form and decoration were created at once. Because making the entire piece in the kiln—with no decoration applied after the glass cooled—left more room for error, even objects from the same set, such as these three wine glasses, have unique colors and slightly differing shapes. Tiffany, however, prized impurities in form and accidental streaking in color, seeing beauty in such imperfections. The glasses’ subtle flower-like forms reference the designer’s love of nature, which he passionately studied. Wanting to be seen as a true artist, Tiffany promoted Favrile vessels as collector’s objects to be valued both for practicality and for aesthetic and creative virtues.

This object was bequest of Joseph L. Morris. It is credited Bequest of Joseph L. Morris.

  • Wine Glass (Spain)
  • plique a jour enamel, various metals.
  • Gift of J. Lionberger Davis.
  • 1968-1-17

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Wine Glass
  • blown glass.
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Tremaine and Mrs. John McGrew Cooper.
  • 1967-91-1-d

Its dimensions are

H x diam. (a): 18.3 x 8.7 cm (7 3/16 x 3 7/16 in.) H x diam. (b): 18.4 x 8.8 cm (7 1/4 x 3 7/16 in.) H x diam. (c): 18.6 x 8.5 cm (7 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Incised marks on bases: "LCT Favrile"

Cite this object as

Wine Glass (USA); Produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company; Design Director: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); mouth-blown favrile glass; H x diam. (a): 18.3 x 8.7 cm (7 3/16 x 3 7/16 in.) H x diam. (b): 18.4 x 8.8 cm (7 1/4 x 3 7/16 in.) H x diam. (c): 18.6 x 8.5 cm (7 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.); Bequest of Joseph L. Morris; 1966-55-6-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions). You can copy, modify, and distribute this work without contacting the Smithsonian. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Wine Glass (USA) |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=9 June 2023 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>