This glass Peacock Vase (1893 – 96), with its evocative form, coloring and iridescent surface, is an icon of the early Tiffany-blown Favrile glass collected by H.O. (Henry) Havemayer. He gave it to The Met in 1896 during the first years of its production; at the time it was considered modern art and an object of rare beauty. These qualities are reflected in the collecting visions presented in the gallery in which this vase is displayed, which features transformative gifts from the Havemeyers through the Annenbergs.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Making The Met at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
When you visit the Queens Museum for any of their rotating exhibits, make sure you also stop in to see the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, which is an on-going, and incredibly visually stunning, not to mention (but you can see I am about to) very educational exhibit of the art glass of Louis C. Tiffany! Did you know that his first name is pronounced Louie, and not Louis? I had no idea, but now I know!
Autumn Landscape, 1923-24, Leaded Favrile Glass (Photo By Gail)
A tour de force of its medium, this window, executed late in Tiffany’s career, portrays the late afternoon sun filtered through a rich autumnal foliage. It was probably designed by Agnes Northrop (1857 – 1953), who was known especially for her landscapes and flowers.
No paint was used to add detail; rather, the modeling, texture and form were created solely with glass, using the full range developed at Tiffany Studios. The variegated surface was made by wrinkling glass it its molten state. Different color effects were achieved by embedding tiny, confetti-like flakes of glass in the surface. Plating – the superimposition of several layers of glass on the back of the window – added depth.
Although commissioned in 1923 by Loren D. Towle for the stair landing of his enormous neo-Gothic mansion in Boston, the window was never installed. In 1925, Robert W. de Forest, Tiffany’s close friend, donated the window to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was president and founder of the American Wing.