Louis Comfort Tiffany had a great appreciation for the coloration of medieval and simultaneously felt that contemporary glass could be improved upon. The impurities and irregularities of the earlier glass created an aesthetically superior appearance to the modern glass. He would spend much of his life trying to recreate the old style glass for use in modern pieces.
In 1881, Tiffany was granted a patent for Favrile glass, which was molten glass exposed to fumes and oxides that would imbue iridescence and superior color. The trademark for the name Favrile was approved in 1894.
Tiffany worked tirelessly to reach a point where he would have a complete palette of glass colors, free from exterior coloration (paint) or other exterior treatment.
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