Favrile-glass bowl by L. C. Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany
born New York, New York; died New York, New York
Anonymous gift, 1991.0022
This bowl and Ann Hamilton’s prints of the Spencer’s presepio figures imitate beautifully rendered textures but ultimately present an artifice. The colors on the rim of this Favrile glass bowl appear fractured as if covered by a hardened glaze that has small vertical cracks due to aging. But the glass bowl displays an illusion; the surface is smooth and the visual effect of the rim is caused entirely by the bowl’s iridescent color. A similar perceived texture is found in Hamilton’s printed scans of the presepio figures: while blurred in some areas, in other areas the images are hyper- illusionistic, displaying fully the physical texture of the materials from which the dolls and their clothing are made. Laura Minton is a History of Art graduate student at the University of Kansas.