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Cypriote Vase

This is a vase. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1916 and we acquired it in 1981. Its medium is blown glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

On the bottom shelf is an early gourd-shaped vessel [1966-55-8] whose asymmetrical and dimpled body shows off the swiftness of the gaffer who worked the piece in a semi-molten state. Named Cypriote after glass excavated on Cyprus, the iridescent purple vase with feather decoration [1981-50-1] has a pitted and iridescent surface resembling ancient glass.

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

  • Dish (USA)
  • favrile glass.
  • Bequest of Joseph L. Morris.
  • 1966-55-11

Its dimensions are

H x Diam: 15.7 x 8.9 cm (6 3/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Etched on underside of base: "1549 K + / L.C.Tiffany Favrile" (in script)

Cite this object as

Cypriote Vase; Produced by Tiffany and Co. (United States); Design Director: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); USA; blown glass; H x Diam: 15.7 x 8.9 cm (6 3/16 x 3 1/2 in.); Gift of Thomas Carnase; 1981-50-1

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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