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Tiffany Studios Rare Favrile Glass Mosaic Fireplace Surround

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin United States, New York
Period 1900-1919
Materials Tiffany favrile glass tesserae mounted in plaster
Dimensions
W. 60.5 in; H. 21.5 in;
W. 153.67 cm; H. 54.61 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date circa 1900-04
Description This magnificent Tiffany glass fireplace is one of a few extant examples of Tiffany's glass mosaics made for domestic settings. The piece was originally installed in the home of Mr. Howell Hinds, a noted Cleveland industrialist who commissioned Tiffany Glass And Decorating Company to partially outfit the interior of his newly constructed Romanesque mansion in Cleveland Heights after it was constructed in 1898. Period photographs indicate that Hinds' luxurious home also featured a second mosaic fireplace surround in addition to several Tiffany lamps and a Tiffany window.

This fireplace surround is comprised of an interlocking geometric pattern of iridescent Tiffany favrile glass tesserae in shades of red, orange and amber. The surround is notable for the varying levels of opalescence used in the tiles; the varying opacity produces a sparkling effect when the surround is lit with reflected light, an effect that Tiffany continued to explore throughout the mosaic production of the firm which continued through the 1920s.

The surround, along with a few of the architectural details done by Tiffany, were salvaged from the Hinds home before it was demolished in the early 1930s, including a leaded glass window, now in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the second of Hinds' Tiffany glass fireplaces, originally located in his Music Room, in the permanent collection of the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Styles / Movements Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Modern
Book References Illustrated: Kelly A. Conway and Lindsy R. Parrott, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, p. 192 fig 6.10
Incollect Reference Number 226743
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