Flower Form Vase

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Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (Corona, New York)
Flower Form Vase, ca. 1899–1900
Blown glass

This vase was produced through a combination of glassblowing and solid work. All of the colors are due to the sophisticated chemistry of the glass itself, and the colored stripes were made by laying out canes or threads of colored glass on a hot metal plate. These were then picked up by rolling a gather of hot glass across them and incorporated into the body of the glass.

Louis Comfort Tiffany’s exotic glass flower-forms are arguably the most original and finely made American blown glass objects of the 19th century.