Tiffany Stained Glass

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) perfected a new technique of making stained glass which allowed him to create hitherto-unknown forms of delicacy and great artistry out of stained glass. For example, stained glass lamps would not have been possible with the old process of making stained glass. Also the delicate designs Tiffany used were far too complicated for the old stained glass technique - his "Wisteria Lamp" used 1,000 pieces of glass.

The stained glass you see in the windows of Gothic cathedrals usually only employed a few colors, probably the intense shades of red, blue, violet and white. The light shines through these fragments of glass which are held together by a grid of lead beams. These are heavy stained glass panels which have been fired in a kiln or furnace at temperatures up to 1100 degrees.

Tiffany was able to initiate two revolutionary stained glass techniques. First, a new technique using copper foil made it possible to forego the clumsy lead beams. Secondly, new enamel paints applied to the glass made a rainbow of softer colors available for the trademark Tiffany stained glass.

Tiffany Gifts and Collectibles

Tiffany created brilliant Art Deco stained glass panels at the height of his artistry. Legendary artworks such as his stained glass panels "Angel of the Arts," "Tiffany Mermaid," "Summer's Day," "Pond Lilies," and "Intertwining Lives" are his lasting gifts to the art world. These classics of Tiffany stained glass are now available in reproduction at selected websites.

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