Vase (USA), ca. 1909–10
This is a Vase. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1909–10 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is molded and bronze electroplated semi-porcelain, mold-blown favrile glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Tiffany’s Favrile pottery is known for its unique color effects, created by mixing chemicals directly into the clays rather than surface painting. This vase also features Tiffany’s bronze electroplating technique, introduced on clay objects in 1908, which gave the exterior a metallic quality. Tiffany has combined this modern innovation with an ancient Egyptian motif: scarabs. Ancient Egyptians believed the scarab, or dung beetle, represented the sun god Khepri. They placed scarabs of semi-precious stone and faience on mummies for good luck and as symbols of resurrection. Here, removed from their original meanings, the glass scarabs serve as simple adornment to meet the American craze for all things Egyptian, a fascination begun with the first archaeological expeditions to Egypt in the 1860s. Tiffany produced thousands of glass scarabs, along with several thousand other unique items each year—including this vase—in his Corona, Queens, factory. Tiffany’s pottery efforts never garnered the enormous success of his stained glass and other ventures, and by 1920, he had given up the venture altogether.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 13.4 x 7.3 cm (5 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.)
It has the following markings
Incised on bottom, under bronze electroplating: conjoined "LCT"
Cite this object as
Vase (USA), ca. 1909–10; Produced by Tiffany and Co. (United States); molded and bronze electroplated semi-porcelain, mold-blown favrile glass; H x diam.: 13.4 x 7.3 cm (5 1/4 x 2 7/8 in.); Gift of Marcia and William Goodman; 1984-84-31
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.