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Tiffany Studios New York Favrile Sprinkler Vase

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1900-1919
Materials Glass.
H. 14 in; Diam. 4 in;
H. 35.56 cm; Diam. 10.16 cm;
Description A Tiffany Studios New York decorated Favrile glass rose water sprinkler vase. The vase is iridescent gold, with undertones of pink and blue. This "gooseneck" design is considered one of Tiffany's most original and delicate forms, with a molded peacock feather decoration that circles the bulbous portion of the vase and continues along the mouth until fading in the neck.

The "gooseneck" design is considered one of Tiffany's most original and delicate forms, inspired by Persian rosewater sprinklers. Tiffany first became familiar with the rosewater sprinkler through his early mentorship by Edward C. Moore of Tiffany and Company. Moore was a dedicated collector of Oriental art and a significant influence on Tiffany's aesthetic. Moore's 16th-century Persian rosewater sprinkler is now on view at the Metrpolitan Museum of Art. According to folklore, Persian rosewater sprinklers were used as "containers for tears." The vessel, named ashkdan, was meant to collect the sorrows of wives separated from their husbands. The story goes that a husband who had to go away for a prolonged period on business, war, or pilgrimage to Mecca gave an ashkdan to his wife so that she could weep into it during his absence and consequently prove how unhappy she had been without him. Tiffany promoted his rosewater sprinklers by using them as props in his infamous Egyptian Fete. An Egyptian slave girl, played by Tiffany's friend Ethel Whitman, sprinkled rosewater to herald the entrance of Cleopatra.

A similar sprinkler is pictured in: Tiffany Favrile Art Glass, by Moise S. Steeg, Jr., Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1997, p. 33.

Signed with etched "04155" mark and Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. paper label
Styles / Movements Art Nouveau, Modern
Dealer Reference Number T-18900
Incollect Reference Number 283000
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