Louis Comfort Tiffany: Long Islander of the Gilded Age; essay by Franklin Hill Perrell

Louis Comfort Tiffany's singular business enterprise producing objects of his own design and specifications, had its origin as the Tiffany Glass Company in 1885. It was renamed Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company in 1892, and continued as Tiffany Studios from 1900 through ca. 1924 when his manufacturing in Queens was closed, though some limited activity was sustained until c. 1932/33. Throughout this time, these endeavors functioned as a business quite separate from Tiffany & Co. The latter organization, the same as exists today, was for much of this time under the authority of his father, Charles Lewis Tiffany, who remained its president until his death in 1902. Confusion between these identities which share the Tiffany name arises from the numerous overlapping aspects of their operation. The first was the marketing source of L.C. Tiffany's productions. These were primarily sold through Tiffany Studios itself in its own display room as well as other retail outlets worldwide, including the shop of Siegfried Bing, L'Espirt Art Nouveau in Paris. L. C. Tiffany displayed his productions at international fairs, and sought recognition through acquisition by museums and collectors, as well as regular consumers. Meanwhile, his father's shop emphasized its own jewelry and silver while still selling some of the goods made by Tiffany Studios. After his father's passing, he inherited a controlling interest in the company and served as Vice President, though throu tfojhaer. tiffany style necklaceghout this time maintaining Tiffany Studios and similar entities as his own independent business. Furthermore, in 1907, L.C. Tiffany became chief jewelry design director for Tiffany & Co.. L.C. Tiffany's designs for jewelry, unlike his windows and glass, were produced primarily for Tiffany & Co., likewise some of his work in ceramics and silver. So, there were productions made only for and sold by Tiffany Studios and others, though, fewer made specifically for Tiffany & Co., some where the identification could rightly be said to be dual. Nonetheless, it would not be correct to assume that everything produced by Tiffany & Co. during this period was either designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany or produced under his supervision. A host of other designers, some of them quite famed, worked for Tiffany & Co.. In the matter of his architectural work (like mosaics) and stained glass windows, Tiffany Studios was the sole vehicle of distribution.


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Louis Comfort Tiffany
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Biography 
Louis Comfort Tiffany is an American artist born in, (February 18, 1848
 –
January 17, 1933) New York City. During his early life in he got his first artistic training in George Inness in Eagleswood, New Jersey. During those time he produced a lot of photo realistic oil painting. Then in 1875 he moved on to glassmaking during this time he worked as an interior decorator and making his personal glasses and lamps for house. Later on he was employed by The First Presbyterian Church to design
their stained glass windows with his special technique called ‘copper foil’
(wrapping cut glass with copper).
 
 nitial thoughts
Looking at Louis Tiffany’s work my
first impressions was:
Clear
Colourful
Vibrant
Delicate
Religious
Smooth
Futuristic
Fragile
Elegant
Expensive
Tiffany’s work especially the lamps has a particular
shape to them as they already look like then are buildings of some sort and well as some resemble the environment.
Tiffany’s work is also very vibrant in colour
with uses of bright colour such as yellow, blue and gree.

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