AMERICAN ART GLASS
The greatest period of glass artistry in the United States began in the 1890s and unfolded into the 1930s. During this period, art glass and other decorative household objects were increasingly in demand by wealthy and middle-class consumers. This display of American art glass celebrates the beauty, variety and innovation of glass designs by two of the movement's greatest pioneers, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Frederick Carder. the 30 examples on display here were the generous gift of Relf and Mona Crissey who have been collecting glass for more than 40 years.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) was one of America's preeminent masters of the decorative arts. As head of Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, later known as Tiffany Studios, he led a team of assistants in the production of stained glass windows, lighting, glass vases, pottery, metalwork and jewelry. In the early 1890s Tiffany developed a method of blending different colors in glass while it was in a molten state, this achieving subtle effects of shading and texture. Named Favrile, this glass quickly became fashionable and inspired other designers to create competing lines of iridescent art glass.
Tiffany's artistic vision was inspired by forms found in the natural world and many of his designs invoked recognizable plant species.