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Vase (USA), ca. 1903-05

This is a Vase. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. It is dated ca. 1903-05 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This grouping shows off a wide range of visual effects and glass-blowing techniques. The aquamarine footed bowl [1975-32-14] was made by the paperweight technique in which an outer layer of heavy clear glass surrounds the water lilies to enlarge their imagery and give a blurry underwater effect. Green glass has been blown directly into the candlestick’s bronze cage [1975-32-12] to give the form dynamic dimension. Meanwhile the two small glass vessels [1966-55-15 and 1978-177-1] display Tiffany’s experimentation with marbleized glass.

This object was donated by Thomas Carnase. It is credited Gift of Thomas Carnase.

  • Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985
  • fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre technique).
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen....
  • 1986-20-1

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Its dimensions are

Overall: 17.6 x 11.3 cm (6 15/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Etched on underside (faint): "Y4785 L.C." (partly obliterated) "T".

Cite this object as

Vase (USA), ca. 1903-05; Produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company ; glass; Overall: 17.6 x 11.3 cm (6 15/16 x 4 7/16 in.); Gift of Thomas Carnase; 1978-177-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.

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