Nearly three dozen glass vases designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, on loan from a private collection, will be showcased in an exhibit opening this fall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
The exhibit, which will open Oct. 7 in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art and run through Feb. 26, will feature the full range of Tiffany’s Favrile glass vase production, from experimental pieces made in the 1890s to peacock vases produced in the early years of the 20th century.
The 32 vases are from the nearly 300-object collection of Stanley and Dolores Sirott, considered one of the most significant private collections of Tiffany Favrile glass in the United States, according to library officials.
Tiffany (1848-1933), the scion of the jewelry empire founded by his father Charles, declined to enter the family business. He instead pursued a career as a painter and designer, finding early success in designing leaded glass windows, and was among the leading figures in the late 19th century American Arts and Crafts Movement.
Favrile vases are known for their innovative forms and colors. Tiffany’s glassmakers used a patented process that treated molten glass with metallic oxides, creating luminous hues within the glass.
“This exhibition provides the unique opportunity to examine glass masterworks that are rarely seen by the public,” said curator Chad Alligood. “With our first-rate collection of American decorative arts and our emphasis on art in the context of nature, The Huntington provides the ideal context for this exhibition.”
The exhibition will run from Oct. 7 to Feb. 26 at the Huntington in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.
Library officials noted that The Huntington has several examples of Favrile glass in its permanent collection, including one of Tiffany’s earliest pieces and a vase that was once owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself.
–City News Service