Where it began: In 1902, upon his father’s death, Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, became the first official design director for Tiffany & Co. Long before this, however, he was an active artist, who embraced nearly every medium and eventually transformed the brand’s traditional approach to jewelry to one of delightful color, celebrating nature and organic shapes.
Early on, Tiffany became known for his iridescent glassware, like this stunning scalloped edge bowl, and eventually, for his exquisite stained-glass lamps. His work led him to be recognized as a visionary leader of the Art Nouveau movement. Not surprisingly, Tiffany eventually established the Tiffany Artistic Jewelry department in the company’s Fifth Avenue store, where his jewelry and precious objects were manufactured.
Cocktail-party tidbit: Around early 1893, Tiffany established a glasshouse in Queens, New York, where he developed a method to blend different colored glass together in the molten state. He dubbed his glass “favrile,” a play on the Old English term “fabrile,” which meant “hand-wrought.”
Where to use it: Anywhere! This precious bowl is not just iridescently stunning and carefully crafted, but its color will also add instant style to any room. The piece would be the perfect accessory to a stunning glass coffee table or would brighten up an entry on an elegant console table.
Why we love it: Louis Comfort Tiffany could have merely followed in his father’s (affluent) footsteps, but instead, he pursued the artisan’s life, creating beauty and celebrating craftsmanship. This bowl is a perfect reminder of that noble impulse.
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