Charles Louis and Comfort Tiff@ny
A very great name in American Decorative Arts, Tiff@ny is synonymous with Amercan silverware through Charles Louis, and with original Art Nouveau designs through his son Louis Comfort. Charles Louis was a goldsmith and jeweller who set up business in new york in 1837, initially as an importer and retailer of fancy goods from Europe and the far east. He soon developed a good reputation for supplying fine jewellery specially commissioned from top european and american makers, using fine stones in designs inspired by different cultures - classical antiquity, Persian, Renaissance and Gothic as well as up-to-the-minute Art Nouveau.Favrille Glass
Tiff@ny's name for hand-made iridescent glass. It was developed at his glasshouse on Long Island, in collaboration with Arthur Nash who worked for Thomas Webb. The name is taken from the word "fabrile", meaning hand-made or hand crafted. The surface is made iridescent by treatment with hot white metallic salts, which were absorbed into the glass, creating a metallic lustre, which achieved dazzling colour effects. The various types of iridescent glass had names such as "Cypriot" glass, "Lava" glass and "Nacreous ware".