Fumio Sawa Fine Art
114 East Main Street, Suite A Trinidad, CO 81082
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was the creative genius son of a famous New York jeweller. Starting his career as a talented painter in the late 1860's, he traveled extensively overseas and at the age of 31 (in 1879) moved into interior design gradually specializing in glass. Tiffany was greatly influenced by the glass he saw on his travels to Europe. Major influences included the Art Nouveau glass being produced in France by Gallé and in Austria by Loetz; and ancient Roman and Egyptian glass that was being excavated from North Africa and the Middle East at that time. Tiffany was also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain. Like others affected by this movement, he sought to combine his own artistic talent with the skills of artisans supported by automated machinery. As with his great contemporaries in Europe (notably Lalique and Gallé), the outcome was two fold; on the one hand the master's own creations and on the other hand a large amount of "industrial" items made to his designs. In Tiffany's case these included most of his lamps and many small glass vessels. Much of Tiffany's glass was branded "Favrile", from an old Saxon word meaning "hand wrought".
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