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Wine Glass (USA)

This is a Wine glass. It was produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. We acquired it in 1966. Its medium is mouth-blown favrile glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Louis Comfort Tiffany coined the term “Favrile,” based on the Old English word “fabrile,” meaning handmade, to describe the semi-opaque glass he patented in 1894. Tiffany was fascinated by ancient glass that had become iridescent from decay. He used this inspiration to develop modern wares. Tiffany’s glassblowers added colors and metallic salts—which gave the iridescent effect—to the molten glass so that form and decoration were created at once. Because making the entire piece in the kiln—with no decoration applied after the glass cooled—left more room for error, even objects from the same set, such as these three wine glasses, have unique colors and slightly differing shapes. Tiffany, however, prized impurities in form and accidental streaking in color, seeing beauty in such imperfections. The glasses’ subtle flower-like forms reference the designer’s love of nature, which he passionately studied. Wanting to be seen as a true artist, Tiffany promoted Favrile vessels as collector’s objects to be valued both for practicality and for aesthetic and creative virtues.

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Wine Glass (USA); Produced by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company ; mouth-blown favrile glass; 1966-55-6-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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