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Vase (USA), ca. 1903-04

This is a Vase. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1903-04 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is favrile glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


Tiffany invented the term “favrile,” from the Latin fabrilis (handmade) to describe all of the blown glass produced by his firm. Nature was Tiffany’s primary inspiration, as shown beautifully in these three floraform vases. The designer cultivated a variety of flowers and plants in his gardens at Laurelton Hall and used them for study and inspiration.

This object was donated by Stanley Siegel. It is credited Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.

  • Bud Vase (USA), ca. 1900
  • mold-blown favrile glass, cast bronze.
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.
  • 1975-32-10-a/e

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Vase (USA), ca. 1906
  • favrile glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1956-66-1
  • Vase
  • glass.
  • Bequest of Joseph L. Morris.
  • 1966-55-9-b

Its dimensions are

H x Diam.: 46 x 12.2 cm (18 1/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Bottom marked: "L.C.T. #16 11 B"

Cite this object as

Vase (USA), ca. 1903-04; Produced by Tiffany and Co. (United States); favrile glass; H x Diam.: 46 x 12.2 cm (18 1/8 x 4 13/16 in.); Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection; 1975-32-13

In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibitions Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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