February 2018: 170 Years since the Birth of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 - 1933)
Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American painter, craftsman, philanthropist, decorator, and designer, internationally recognized as one of the major representatives of the Art Nouveau style, with glassmaking being his main focus.
Tiffany’s experiments with stained glass led to the establishment of his own glassmaking factory at Corona in Queens, N.Y. By the 1890s he was a leading glass producer, experimenting with unique methods of colouring. One of his most famous techniques was Favrile, a neologism from the Latin 'faber' (“craftsman”). This iridescent glass was sometimes combined with bronze-like alloys and other metals. Signed signed “L.C. Tiffany” or “L.C.T.,” these works enjoyed widespread popularity from 1890 to 1915 and were revived again in the 1960s.