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- Accession Number
- Persian Rosewater Sprinkler
- Art Nouveau
- Numbered on base: C 38 Sticker on base: FAVRILE T G D CO
- 44.5 cm x 14 cm x 13.5 cm (17 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 5 5/16 in.)
- 19th century
- Primary Object Classification and Primary Object Type
- Physical Description
- This elongated vase has a small, round base and an undulating, swan-like attenuated neck that ends in a flaring mouth. The length of the neck of the vessel has ridges and the surface has a dark iridescent quality of green and blue
- Subject Matter
- Henry and Lousine Havemeyer were active collectors of the hand-made, iridescent glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany had been known for making leaded windows since the late 1870s, but only began to make blown-glass vessels in the early 1890s—not long after his work on the Havemeyer house in New York. Tiffany’s term for this opulent glasswork was Favrile (a term derived from the Old English work fabrile, meaning “handmade”); Tiffany obtained a patent for the richly colored and iridescent
- Favrile glass in 1894.
- Working with Tiffany to select outstanding pieces, the Havemeyers amassed an impressive collection of Tiffany’s Favrile glass; much of it was donated by the family to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nearly all of the Tiffany glass in the University of Michigan’s collection was purchased at auction in 1930, along with the architectural fragments, by Emil Lorch, University of Michigan's Dean of the College of Architecture and Design.
- This particular piece is an exellent example of a glass design based on the model of rosewater sprinklers from Persia.