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, Important Dandelion lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Important Dandelion lamp

estimate: $50,000–75,000
result: $3,745,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Dragonfly table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Dragonfly table lamp

estimate: $60,000–80,000
result: $96,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Poppy table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Poppy table lamp

estimate: $35,000–45,000
result: $93,750
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, Tulip table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Tulip table lamp

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $56,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Vine Border floor lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Vine Border floor lamp

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $50,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Exceptional dragonfly tray | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Exceptional dragonfly tray

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $37,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Turtleback tile table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Turtleback tile table lamp

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $37,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Fine and rare Old English heraldic table lamp on base | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Fine and rare Old English heraldic table lamp on base

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Twelve-light Lily table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Twelve-light Lily table lamp

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Table Lamp With Blue Favrile Shade | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Table Lamp With Blue Favrile Shade

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $28,750
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Fine 20" Daffodil Table Lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Fine 20" Daffodil Table Lamp

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $27,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Apple Blossom table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Apple Blossom table lamp

estimate: $7,000–10,000
result: $27,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Fine and rare mosaic pen wiper | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Fine and rare mosaic pen wiper

estimate: $7,000–10,000
result: $26,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Twelve-light Lily table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Twelve-light Lily table lamp

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $26,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Rare and early Favrile turtleback lantern | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Rare and early Favrile turtleback lantern

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $26,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Autumn Leaf table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Autumn Leaf table lamp

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $25,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Daffodil table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Daffodil table lamp

estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $25,000
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Dogwood Band table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Dogwood Band table lamp

estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $23,750
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Tulip table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Tulip table lamp

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $23,750
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Daffodil table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Daffodil table lamp

estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $22,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Turtleback tile desk lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Turtleback tile desk lamp

estimate: $9,000–14,000
result: $22,500
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Large Favrile peacock feather vase | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Large Favrile peacock feather vase

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $21,250
TIFFANY STUDIOS, Spider table lamp | ragoarts.com

Tiffany Studios

Spider table lamp

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $20,480