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Tiffany Masterpiece

This punch bowl is visible in a photograph taken at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Louis C. Tiffany was one of the prize winners at the Exposition as indicated by the signs in the photograph. Since then, the punch bowl has frequently been cited as the masterpiece of Tiffany's art. It is called 揚unch Bowl with Three Ladles. (Only two of the ladles can be seen in my photo.) The bowl is 14 1/4 inches high and 30 inches wide. It is owned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

This summer The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the only U. S. Exhibition of Tiffany, Color and Light, an exhibition celebrating the work of Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933). The exhibition fills 7 galleries with more than 180 objects for which he is best known. Only three museums in the world are hosting this; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Mus閑 du Luxembourg in Paris, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, who founded the celebrated jewelry and silverware firm Tiffany & Co., grew up in an environment where his interest in art was nurtured. Rather than enter the family firm, Louis Tiffany trained as a painter in New York and Paris. He also showed talent for interior design and gradually turned his attention away from easel painting to set up a business as a decorator.
Tiffany established his own decorating company and received commissions from some of America抯 most prominent clients, including the writer Mark Twain, and U. S. President Chester A. Arthur. His company offered everything from wall coverings to furniture. Tiffany began to integrate glass in many forms in his interiors, including leaded-glass windows, lamps, glass mosaics, and fine screens of metal filigree, which incorporated glass jewels.

Louis Comfort Tiffany is one of the most celebrated Artists of the late 19th Century. His masterpieces in glass are highly sought after by collectors.

揌andicraft, which possesses beauty and originality, is independent of passing fashion. ~ Louis C. Tiffany

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