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Corona, Long Island, United States commenced 1902 – 1924

manufacturer (organisation)

Lava vase c.1908 Place made: Aurora, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, glass

Primary Insc: Engraved, base, 'L. C. Tiffany'
Secondary Insc: engraved, base: "4074C"
Dimensions: 21.9 h x 15.4 w x 14.8 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1491

Tiffany produced a number of vases with coarse, lustred surfaces resembling the flow of lava. His inspiration for these was his collection of Japanese raku-fired ceramic tea bowls, in which the dense lustred surfaces were achieved through rapid firing and cooling. Such spontaneity with blown glass was only achieved after intensive experimentation on the part of glassblowers in Tiffany’s workshops.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design