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    Favrile Vase, Tiffany Furnaces and Louis C.                 
Tiffany, Corona, NY, about 1926. 80.4.40.

I have attached our extensive Tiffany bibliography of books, as well as our bibliography of auction catalogs and the complete index of Tiffany bibliographies we have here at the Library. In a search of our shelves, I didn't find a comprehensive source that covers all types and colors of Tiffany glass objects. (Some books may be in our curatorial offices). The following provide pages or chapters that help: 

  • Steeg, Tiffany favrile art glass.  - good, useful overview of Tiffany glass objects, intended for collectors. Photos from a variety of sources - museum pieces usually have clear photos; collector photos tend to be dark and difficult to "read." Begins with examples of glass shapes; marks and dating. The first chapter covers "clear and colored glass in distinctive designs" -- not just Favrile. The subsequent chapters cover irridescent and opalescent glass. 
  • Duncan, Tiffany at auction.  "Vases" pp. 13-41. Groups types of colored glass together for comparison. Mostly black & white illustrations. Index, pp. 325-333 "provides a broad reference for objects manufactured by Tiffany Studios...based primarily on the Price Lists which Studios published in 1906 and 1913.... It provides a chronological breakdown of items by patent number and category.... Tiffany's Favrile glassware and windows - unique items which were not intended for reproduction -- were excluded." 
  • Baal-Teshuva, Louis Comfort Tiffany.  "Vases" pp. 254-305 shows clear photos of a variety of glass vases. Short labels include titles such as "peacock eye," "Flower-form Favrile," "cameo-carved paperweight vase," "leaf and vine vase," "Cypriot glass window vase," "Jack-in-the-pulpit." Illustrated with a few pages from catalogs, the Nash notebooks, or scrapbooks. 
  • Couldrey, The Art of Tiffany.  "Many Splendored Glass," pages 92-109; 132-135 provide color photographs of glass. Much of the book is devoted to stained glass and lamps. Late, small pieces, pp. 144-150; additional pieces, pp. 167-186. there are other pieces interspersed in the early chapters of the book. 
  • Louis C. Tiffany: Meisterwerke des amerikanischen Jugendstils.  "Kunstglaser" chapter, pp. 96-185 provides clear photographs of pieces from major museum collections. Catalog entries are in the back, pp. 240-257, including bibliographies; text is entirely in German. Few designs have Tiffany's "names" with the exception of Favrile items. Excellent overview. 
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany: artist for the ages (Johnson).  Glass objects are interspersed throughout the historical text. Most objects pictured are from American museum collections. Description includes marks and trademarks. 
  • Koch, Tiffany's glass-bronzes-lamps; a complete collector's guide.  "Blown glass for vases and bowls," pp. 39-61. Black & white illustrations from "an 1896 booklet and two museum collections..." -- the Smithsonian collection of blown Tiffany glass acquired in 1896 and the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1897 (together with its original bill of sale).  Frelinghuysen, Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Metropolitan Museum.  "Favrile glass" pp. 52-67. Good discussion of the characteristics of early Favrile glass and other types of glass. 

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