Decorative Arts
glass, silver, gilding, copper, wood
New York, New York, United States
Other (bowl at base): 14 1/2 × 24 in. (36.8 × 61 cm)
Other (ladle): 2 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 10 in. (6.4 × 8.9 × 25.4 cm)
Other (bowl with gilt silver): 64.5 lb. (29.3 kg)
Other (base): 8.5 lb. (3.9 kg)
Overall: 74 lb. (33.6 kg)
This punch bowl was owned by Henry O. Havemeyer of New York City, one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most distinguished patrons, and it is among the most important works created by the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company. Formed of Tiffany’s hand-blown Favrile glass (after the Latin word fabrilis, meaning handmade), the punch bowl has an iridescent surface reminiscent of ancient Roman glass. The gilded silver mounts are classic Art Nouveau-style C- and S-shaped scrolls. The bowl is visible in a photograph (see gallery text panel) of the Tiffany Favrile Glass display at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 where Louis Comfort Tiffany won a grand prize and received the French Legion of Honor.
Art Nouveau
stamped on underside of base: "APRIL 1900 / TIFFANY G. & D. CO. / NEW YORK / 1282"
Sydney and Frances Lewis Art Nouveau Fund
Displayed at the World's Fair, Paris, 1900; Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY, 1901
Shifman, Barry. Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco: Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Decorative Arts Galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015. pp. 38,42-3

O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (No. 97, p. 282-286)

Barry Shifman, "Decorative Splendour," Apollo, May 2010, p. 48, fig. 4

Barriault, Anne B., and Kay M. Davidson. Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (pp. 280-281, ill. p. 281)

Frederick R. Brandt, "Twentieth-Century Visions," Antiques, Aug 1990, p. 303, p. III

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