The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
- ISBN 9780500517086
- 30.50 x 25.00 cm
- 225 Illustrations, 225 in colour
- First published 2013
‘The collections discussed and sumptuously photographed on these pages, many pieces of which are published here for the first time … serve to inspire future connoisseurs and provide pleasure to all who peruse this volume’ – Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, from the Foreword
This superbly produced book is the definitive account of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s highly collectible art glass, which he considered his signature artistic achievement, produced between the 1890s and the 1920s. The book is written by Paul Doros, former curator of glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and illustrated with specially commissioned photography by David Schlegel,
Called Favrile glass – a term presumably coined by Tiffany himself from the same root as the Latin faber (craftsman, artisan) to underscore its one-of-a-kind quality – every piece was blown and decorated by hand. The book presents the full range of remarkably diverse and inventive styles and shapes that Tiffany’s glasshouse produced, from the exquisite delicacy of the flower forms to the dramatically dripping golden flow of the ‘Lava’ vases, from the dazzling iridescence of the ‘Cypriote’ vases to the glazed-pottery-like opaqueness of the ‘Brown’ pieces, and much more.
Complete with a biography of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a history of the glassworks and its extraordinary technical innovations, and profiles of the glassworkers and scientists who created these unique masterpieces, as well as never-before-published documents and archival photographs of Tiffany and his family, The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany is an essential addition to the libraries of all lovers of Tiffany, art glass, American Art Nouveau and the decorative arts.
Paul E. Doros, former glass expert in Christie’s Twentieth Century Decorative Arts Department and curator of glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, is the author of The Tiffany Collection of the Chrysler Museum at Norfolk.
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is co-author of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist’s Country Estate.
David Schlegel is a staff photographer at Christie’s. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, ARTnews, Art & Auction and Antiques, as well as in many books, among them Behind the Scenes of Tiffany Glassmaking: The Nash Notebooks and Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.