Intoduction to the Work of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany, (1848 – 1934) developed a unique type of glass. In addition to colors found in other art glass, the Tiffany glass shows movement in form and shape. The glass is very versatile. It is found in single as well as multiple-layered glass. Tiffany glass is sometimes iridescent, transparent or translucent as well as opaque. Many colors are used in many different combinations. Regarding rarity of color, gold iridescent, is the most common, then blue, green, white, yellow, brown, amethyst, black, and red. Red is the rarest color. There are also a group of pastel shades, in the same order of scarcity.

In decorated iridescent glass, the decorations are usually colored fibers of glass laid on the original piece and hooked with metal wires to form a design. Once the design is applied, two or more layers of glass are rolled on the working board until there is a single layer of glass with the decoration worked in. The shapes and decorations are created to complement each other like no other glass.

There are many different techniques in Tiffany glass. Among them are decorated glass, millefiore, paperweight, engraved intaglio, cypriote, lava glass, agate, cameo glass, peacock feather and diatreta. The scope of Louis C. Tiffany’s work was great. He also designed wonderful lamps and desk pieces in a combination of bronze and glass.

Tiffany studios glass has remained some of the finest glass available for many years now. Understanding the quality and how to confirm authenticity are important for the collector of one piece or many. There are various Tiffany signatures which prove the authenticity of the glass, as does the distinctive quality of the pieces themselves. For more information, see our other Tiffany glass articles below.

We keep an exceptional collection of Authentic Tiffany Glass at Linda’s Unique Antique. I hope that you enjoy this site, and see some samples of this fabulous glass. We guarantee the authenticity of all the Tiffany pieces we sell.