ca. 1892–1902Tiffany Glass and Decorating CompanyAmerican, New York, company datesfavrile glass3 3/4 in. (9.52 cm.)

Bequest of Mrs. Sylvia E. Ross


Ancient glass with its iridescence, created by chemical changes that occurred during centuries underground, fascinated nineteenth-century artists. In 1892, Louis Comfort Tiffany developed Favrile glass, handmade objects with variegated colors imitating ancient forms. His glass incorporates applied threading and drops, decorative techniques also developed by ancient glassblowers.

—Laura Fecych Sprague