Favrile “Aquamarine” Paperweight Vase

Object Name: 
Favrile “Aquamarine” Paperweight Vase

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Object Name: 
Favrile “Aquamarine” Paperweight Vase
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 12.4 cm; Rim Diam: 19.6 cm; Body Diam: 13.1 cm
On Display
about 1912
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Ellen D. Sharpe
Web Description: 
After returning from a seaside vacation, Tiffany was intent on replicating sea life in glass. Tiffany sent Arthur Saunders (American, born England, 1874–1951), a lead glassmaker at Tiffany Furnaces, to Bermuda to sail on a glass-bottom boat and study undersea life. When Saunders returned, he created “Aquamarine” glass, one of the last significant designs developed by Tiffany Furnaces. In this vase, glass sea anemones, barnacles, and seaweed look as if they are submerged in water. The base of the vase is solid glass, and its shallow rim at the top completes the impression the vase has already been filled with water.
Sharpe, Ellen D., Source
5194 G. L.C. Tiffany-Favrile
scratch-engraved base
Primary Description: 
Favrile “Aquamarine” Paperweight Vase. Transparent very pale greenish glass; blown. Solid, extremely heavy round base, with a flattened bottom with ground pontil mark and ground base; shallow top with upcurved rim. In the bottom are incased millefiori-like heavy canes on a green ground, surrounded by enameled strips: an imitation of barnacles or anemones surrounded by seaweed. Scratched engraved on the base: "5194 Gr. L.C. Tiffany-Favrile".
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages
Seattle Art Museum 2005-10-15 through 2006-01-04
Toledo Museum of Art 2006-02-02 through 2006-04-30
Dallas Museum of Art 2006-05-30 through 2006-09-06
Carnegie Museum of Art 2006-10-06 through 2007-03
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany (2013) illustrated, p. 150, fig. 100; BIB# 130298
Tiffany Glass: A Passion for Colour (2009) pp.158; BIB# 112877
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Couleurs et lumiere au musee du Luxembourg (2009) illustrated, p. 30;
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass (1995) illustrated, pp. 33-34; p. 34, Fig. 37; BIB# 26765