Louis Comfort Tiffany
Born February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933
Glass Tile, Mosaic
Patent #: 237,416
The son of the founder of Tiffany and Company Jewelers, artist Louis Tiffany
is best known for the lamps that bear his name.
In the early 1880s, Tiffany received patents for stained glass and stained
glass windows. Tiffany’s windows provided a brilliant visual effect by
allowing more natural light to penetrate, sometimes incorporating stained
glass with a metallic luster to produce an iridescent effect. In 1885,
Tiffany established the Tiffany Glass Company and his stained glass windows
graced many buildings in the United States.
Tiffany also won acclaim for his favrile glass. Favrile was a colorful glass
used by Tiffany when he manufactured his now signature lamps in the
mid-1890s. Like Tiffany’s stained glass, favrile glass found its way into
mosaics and windows that decorated many civic buildings not just around the
nation, but around the world.
Born in New York City and educated at the National Academy of Design,
Tiffany would establish various companies throughout his lifetime
devoted to manufacturing his stained glass and other products. He also
established the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 1918 to provide
training to students until financial hardships ended this venture.