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Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933)
Also known as: TIFFANY STUDIOS; Tiffany StudiosBiography:
Initially trained as a painter, American artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, decided to study the art of glassmaking while he was in his early twenties. His love of nature, combined with his admiration of gemstones, resulted in some of the world’s most exquisite glass, furniture, interior objects, and jewelry designs. His stained glass creations, as well as his Favrile hand blown vases are world-renowned for their beauty, color, clarity, and perfection.
Tiffany created a new niche; he combined art with craft, and functionality with aesthetics to design objects for personal adornment as well as useful objects for the home and for interior business décor. His stained glass lamps, candlesticks, chandeliers, and furniture were just as sought after as his brilliantly colored jewelry. Known for demanding perfection, Tiffany reportedly smashed any piece that he deemed flawed in any way. His original creations were sold in his father’s famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City, Tiffany & Co., and the reproductions of his original designs are still sold in that store as well as other highly select boutiques and interior design stores around the world.
Much of Tiffany’s work is housed in dozens of museums all over the world. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan has hundreds of Tiffany objets d‘art on display, and the Morse Museum in Orlando, Florida is home to the most extensive collection of Tiffany’s works. It’s not necessary to visit a museum to see some of Tiffany’s designs; in the United States alone, thousands of Tiffany stained glass windows exist in churches from coast to coast.
His work today, if not found in museums or churches, is highly sought after and commands high prices. Lois Comfort Tiffany died in 1933, but his legacy, inspiration, and creations are sure to remain in the forefront of art and design.
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