More about Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany (18 February 1848 – 17 January 1933) was an American glass artist and designer, reputed for his stained glass and lamps in Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. His lamps are very popular with collectors, and the price of a rare original Tiffany lamp can run up into the millions of US dollars, as auction prices soar due to the increased popularity of Tiffany lamps with rich and famous collectors.
In 1894 Tiffany asked for a patent for his famous Favrile glass, a combination of molten normal white glass and a clear ‘antique’ coloured glass (the type of glass used for centuries in stained-glass windows). At that time people had tried to combine these two types of glass using heat, but the results were usually boring and uninteresting. After much experimentation Tiffany succeeded in mixing up to five different colours, changing the way we look at glassworks today.
“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear”
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Tiffany Studio’s New York
At the beginning of the 20th century Tiffany Studio’s in New York produced many different types of lampshades. Besides geometric patterns with Indian, Moorish and other motifs, there are various animals and flowers depicted in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Designers were constantly improving concepts, colour schemes and techniques, resulting in a botanical correct illustration that could be featured on a lamp in great detail.
Filigree is a very old technique that uses thread and graining. From India, Norway, South America, Egypt, and in some places in the Netherlands, filigree is used to adorn jewellery. Very thin, fine thread is twisted into jewellery shapes and soldered with a special technique, often used by Tiffany.