Favrile floriform glass vase, #4360 G
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 - 1933) was an American artist and designer most known for his stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements whose lifelong goal was “the pursuit of beauty.” While originally trained as a painter, Tiffany then began to study the chemistry and techniques of glassmaking when he was 24. He developed this interest as a partner in the firm of Louis C. Tiffany and Company, Associated Artists between 1881 and 1883, whose clientele included Mark Twain and President Chester Arthur. Tiffany’s style was based on his belief that nature should be the main influence of design and often incorporated the lush colors found in nature into his pieces. In 1893, Tiffany showed his first blown-glass vessels called “Favrile.” Tiffany explained that the name derives from an old English word for handmade.