This form of this gold iridescent Tiffany Favrile Glass Vase has long been known as “Jack in the Pulpit,” referring to a sculptural flower commonly found in the woodlands of North America. However, surviving period photographs and notations in the notebooks of Tiffany’s glass chemists Arthur and Leslie Nash, held by the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass, indicate that this particular flower form was called the “Calla” Vase, taking its shape from the elegant Calla Lily.
This example features the Calla Flower Form’s typical flattened circular foot which rises to support a hollow cylindrical stem which is slightly more transparent than the rest of the vase, revealing internal vertical ribbing. The stem flares out into a wide, flat teardrop shaped flower face, the vertical ribs from the stem spreading out over the face and smoothing out into a sculptural wave effect and ruffled outer edges which are accented by Tiffany’s trademark shimmering iridescence.
This piece of original Tiffany glass features an inscribed signature and date code on the underside which correspond to the dates indicated in the Nash notebooks.
Height: 13 inches (33 cm)
Diameter: 4 ½ inches (11.4 cm)