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Pineapple Candlestick

This is a candlestick. It was overseen (as design director) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and produced by Tiffany Studios. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is mouth-blown favrile glass, cast bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This grouping shows off a wide range of visual effects and glass-blowing techniques. The aquamarine footed bowl [1975-32-14] was made by the paperweight technique in which an outer layer of heavy clear glass surrounds the water lilies to enlarge their imagery and give a blurry underwater effect. Green glass has been blown directly into the candlestick’s bronze cage [1975-32-12] to give the form dynamic dimension. Meanwhile the two small glass vessels [1966-55-15 and 1978-177-1] display Tiffany’s experimentation with marbleized glass.

This object was donated by Stanley Siegel. It is credited Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.

  • Candlestick
  • gilded brass.
  • Gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1920-19-179-a/d

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Bandbox, Pineapple
  • block-printed paper on wood support; lined with newsprint.
  • Gift of Harvey Smith.
  • 1968-44-1-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 37.6 x 14 cm (14 13/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On bottom: "Tiffany/New York/831"

Cite this object as

Pineapple Candlestick; Produced by Tiffany and Co. (United States); Design Director: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); USA; mouth-blown favrile glass, cast bronze; H x diam.: 37.6 x 14 cm (14 13/16 x 5 1/2 in.); Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection; 1975-32-12

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest.

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