Twenty full-color 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
An unrivaled master of stained glass and Art Nouveau ornament, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) rehabilitated an art form that had stagnated for hundreds of years. Tiffany was an accomplished painter before he began his experiments in glass, and he brought a colorist’s eye to the creation of richly hued glass—often blended in patterns that mingled or swept across the sheet with painterly fluidity. Largely thanks to Tiffany’s work, decorative stained glass windows became hugely popular in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. They showed up in churches, of course, but also in civic buildings, steamships, shops, and homes.
Tiffany’s studio operated for fifty years, producing thousands of windows and reaching its artistic apogee in the first decade of the twentieth century. A century later, his genius for innovation and artistry glows as brightly as ever. The striking glasswork reproduced here is from The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, home to one of the world’s most comprehensive Tiffany collections.