Bottle, America, New York (Long Island), designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, for Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co., Stourbridge Glass Co. Corona glassworks, 1903-1903, 560-1899 .
Height: 14.0 cm
Art Nouveau - 1890-1914 (Victoria & Albert Museum 06/04/2000-30/07/2000)
Glass, room 131
Tiffany persuaded Arthur J Nash, a talented glassblower from Stourbridge, England, to join him in America to work on experimental projects. In 1893 the two men went into business establishing the Stourbridge Glass Co. at the Corona glassworks, Long Island, New York. At first much of the glassworks was devoted to the production of stained glass, but a glass-blowing shop was also included. It is thought that 'Favrile' glass was so-named after the word 'fabrile', 'old English' for 'handmade', indicating that the range was made by skilled craftsmen. The lustre effect was achieved by treating the glass with metallic oxides and exposing it to acid fumes. It was originally intended to re-create the iridescent effects seen on ancient Roman glass.