Favrile Glass: Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Favrile glass is a type of iridescent art glass invented and patented by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co.

First patented in 1894 and produced in 1896, Favrile glass was unique because the color was ingrained in the glass itself, as well as having distinctive coloring.

The trade name Favrile is derived from an Old English word, fabrile, meaning hand-wrought or handcrafted.

A highly difficult and sometimes dangerous process, Favrile glass is made by treating molten glass with metallic oxides that absorbed into the glass and created a luxurious iridescent effect.

In addition to art glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany produced other items like inkstands, humidors and even jewelry.

Of course, the focus of Tiffany’s pieces were usually the beautiful glass work, but I really enjoy looking at the gilt-bronze metal work in some of his larger pieces like the desk lamps and chandeliers.

For more details on Tiffany’s life, Corona NY studio, and old photos of his home, studio and workers, visit Michaans auction house, that recently had a major Louis Comfort Tiffany sale.

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(images via Michaans)

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