DescriptionThe pattern on our reading glasses is adapted from an iridescent Favrile glass vase in the Museum’s collection, designed about 1900 by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848– 1933). This striking and elegant vase features a stylized interpretation of the “eye” of the peacock feather, a decorative motif that intrigued him.
Available in strengths +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0. Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses). Handmade acetate. Bridge width: 18mm; frame width: 140mm; temple length: 150mm.
- Optical quality frames (an optician can replace these lenses with most prescription lenses)
- Handmade acetate
Art HistoryLouis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) was one of America’s most acclaimed and multi-talented artists working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He embraced virtually every decorative medium, designing and directing the production of windows, mosaics, lighting, glass vases, pottery, metalwork, enamels, and jewelry. Of all of his creative endeavors, stained glass brought Louis Comfort Tiffany the greatest recognition. His Favrile glass, patented in 1881, was internally colored with variegated shades of color or hues which created a milky, opaque, and sometimes rainbow-hued appearance when light shone through it. Unusual effects were created by introducing textures and adding different layers of glass or plating.