Louis Comfort Tiffany – Icon of Art Nouveau

  • Magnolia and Irises, ca. 1908 - Tiffany Studios Leaded Favrile glass - Metropolitan Museum of Art

The designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) are distinctly, iconically representative of the American Art Nouveau movement. Blending innate talents for artistry and a familial connection to all things elegant, Tiffany created decorative arts that were desirable in his time and historically significant in ours. He advanced the renowned of the Tiffany family in the tradition established by his father Charles Lewis, founder of Tiffany & Co. Tiffany’s prestigious, collaborative works in stained glass windows, lamps, glass mosaics, ceramics and jewelry are ultimate representations of their time period.

Although he began as a painter, he is most known for his glassworks and developing Favrile, a type of iridescent art glass where the color is ingrained in the glass itself. In addition to being named the first design director for Tiffany & Co., he was commissioned to design the interiors for Mark Twain’s home and the White House. A century later, his American designs enjoy a vibrant market, as well as storied places in museums and collections the world over.

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