Tiffany Studios

Louis Comfort Tiffany, artist, innovator, and pioneer of form and color, was born in New York City in 1848.

The son of celebrated jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Co., Charles Tiffany, Louis C. Tiffany began his career as a painter in the late 1860s studying under a series of masters including George Inness and Samuel Colman. In the mid-1870s, he turned his attention away from painting and toward the family business of decorative arts and interior design. He built a strong reputation with his exemplary work, even taking part in the 1882 redecoration of the White House.

Despite being highly regarded for his interior design work, Tiffany found he was increasingly drawn to the production of art glass, working for several glass manufacturers from 1875-1878 and honing his skills in the medium that would ultimately bring him the greatest recognition. In 1881, he filed his first patent in glass production, pioneering a new method in glass-tiled mosaic design. Tiffany continued to develop his craft and, in 1885, opened an affiliated interior design company, Tiffany Glass Company, which later changed its name to Tiffany Studios. This new company specialized in the design of private interiors and public spaces, working with numerous clients including Louisine and Henry Osborne Havemeyer and the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1892, Tiffany received a patent for a new technique in glass production that would establish his place in art glass history: Favrile blown glass. Favrile glass is created by treating molten glass with metallic oxides in order to create a colored glass. Before the invention of Favrile glass, iridescent art glass was created by simply applying color, in the form of paint or enamel, over a piece of colorless glass. Tiffany displayed his Favrile glass at the 1900 Paris Exhibition where it won the Grand Prize.

In 1898, Tiffany Studios began manufacturing lighting fixtures and lamps. A year later, Tiffany added enamelwork to his firm’s repertoire, and later, ceramics. He continued to advance the use of Favrile glass, designing glass mosaics for use in interior settings, innovating as he did with new techniques of modeling, shading, and cutting. Upon his father's death in 1902, Tiffany assumed the roles of Vice-president and Art Director of Tiffany & Co. He watched the company’s bottom line fastidiously, ending production of any item that went unsold for one year.

No amount of careful accounting could safeguard Tiffany Studios against the shift in public taste during the 1920s. The scrolls and natural curves so integral to Tiffany’s designs gave way to the right angles of Modernism. Tiffany Studios declared bankruptcy in 1932. Louis C. Tiffany died a year later, personally bankrupt and in relative obscurity. That obscurity was not to last; scholars rediscovered Tiffany’s work in the 1950s, followed by the art market a decade later.

Today, works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios are highly sought after in the modern art market, with collectors valuing them for their high production quality, intricate and nature-inspired designs, and stunning use of colored glass.

Auction Results Tiffany Studios

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Rare Lobster and Crab box, model 8839 | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Rare Lobster and Crab box, model 8839
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $87,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Nautilus desk lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Nautilus desk lamp
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $10,000

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Moss Green Favrile Pottery vase with water lilies | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Moss Green Favrile Pottery vase with water lilies
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Favrile Pottery bud vase with leaves | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Favrile Pottery bud vase with leaves
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $7,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Favrile pottery artichoke vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Favrile pottery artichoke vase
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Fine large Favrile Bronze Pottery vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Fine large Favrile Bronze Pottery vase
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

EDITH LAUTRUP FOR TIFFANY STUDIOS, Favrile Pottery vase with skunk cabbage | ragoarts.com

Edith Lautrup for Tiffany Studios

Favrile Pottery vase with skunk cabbage
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,688

TIFFANY STUDIOS, rare fountain plate with dolphin | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

rare fountain plate with dolphin
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,063

TIFFANY STUDIOS, collection of nine Grapevine desk articles | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

collection of nine Grapevine desk articles
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,120

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Grapevine desk lamp, model 552 | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Grapevine desk lamp, model 552
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,120

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Blown-out candelabrum | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Blown-out candelabrum
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Rare large outdoor sconce | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Rare large outdoor sconce
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Rare large outdoor sconce | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Rare large outdoor sconce
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, collection of five Pine Needle desk articles | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

collection of five Pine Needle desk articles
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Colonial lamp shade | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Colonial lamp shade
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,375

TIFFANY STUDIOS, blown-out candlestick, model 1211 | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

blown-out candlestick, model 1211
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,340

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Rare Favrile glass Agate vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Rare Favrile glass Agate vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,250

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Special order Favrile glass cabinet vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Special order Favrile glass cabinet vase
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,750

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Adam desk lamp, model 639 | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Adam desk lamp, model 639
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,536

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Three Favrile glass vessels | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Three Favrile glass vessels
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,500

TIFFANY STUDIOS, collection of nine Abalone desk articles | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

collection of nine Abalone desk articles
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,235

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Favrile glass cabinet vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Favrile glass cabinet vase
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,063

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Tall Favrile pottery vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Tall Favrile pottery vase
estimate: $1,000–2,000
result: $1,000

TIFFANY STUDIOS, Spanish inkwell and paper rack | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Spanish inkwell and paper rack
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $938