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Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is an American glass painter, the inventor of Tiffany glass and an outstanding artist of the secession era. He gained international fame at the World Fare in Paris at 1900, where he exhibited his own made, iridescent and opalescent glass. Revolutionized stain glass production: instead of the plumb rail technique, he edged the glass parts with yellow copper tape. By soldering these to each-other, fine, curved forms could be realized.
General characteristic of the products designed and manufactured by him is that they consist of many small glass parts and very colorful, images are highly detailed and summarized: they follow the general ruling style elements of secession. He produced glass windows, lamps and jewellery as well.
At the production of coloured glass, several metals are mixed in the melted glass. Each and every metal has its own color effect. Chromium results green, iron results brown, cobalt causes bright blue and indium provides yellow glass. Different oxides of the metals also produce different colors, thus the palette of hues are very wide.
Tiffany objects can be the focus points of our home. Although they are beautiful, don’t overdose them. One-two bigger item and some smaller can be fully enough in one space. They easily dominate their environment by the shining colors and heaviness. In case of lapms, we should consider the projected, colourful light when we turn them on. The situation is the same with stain glass windows: it seriously colors the incoming light.
When purchasing genuine Tiffany items, ask help from an expert to exclude potential fake ones. If you would like to turn your home more colourful by a Tiffany object, ask the help of an interior designer for planning.
Painting Easter eggs has a long tradition. Beyond the paints that can be brushed, there are pulver-state, water-soluble, so-called egg paints available. Let’s be creative! Our classic style home can be decorated lots of ways for the holydays.
Let’s use silk bands, stripes can be attached in different directions to the egg using glue. It’s not necessary to cover the whole surface. With its moderated shine, silk provides an elegant look to our Easter egg.
Lace also can be the material. Wide or narrow stripes are good as well, but a smaller, round cloth also can be used. This later can be sewed with similar color thread at the top of the egg. Attaching a ribbon, it can be hanged. Small pearl buttons can be fixed on it in any pattern. Perfect solution for vintage style.
Luxury effect can be reached using gold or silver smoke foil. Coat the egg’s surface with decoupage glue and fit the foil with a soft brush carefully. The texture will be even more interesting, if the gilding is not continuous, but covers the egg in patches. The egg should be painted to a bright color before. If we like shiny result, small pearls or glitter can be poured into the pattern painted from liquid glue.
If we would like to purchase the decoration instead of making it, there are eggs made of glass, gems, or porcelain available. These are perfectly fit into a classic interior. For the sake of children, don’t forget the pastel coloured, egg shaped candies, which can be served in an elegant glass tray to decorate the table itself.
Ask for help from an interior designer to prepare the perfect decoration harmonizing your home.
Many things have to be considered when buying antique porcelains. Collecting really rare and valuable pieces needs a little expertise, since many imitations are made. Here are some good advices before paying:
The objects made of original porcelain, e.g. pieces of a table set, are translucent. Put our hand behind the plate while turning it to the light: its shadow can be lightly seen through the material of the plate. For example, classic blue-white Worcester china made in the 1760s has greenish tone to the light. Examine carefully the selected object if there are hair-cracks on it, if the edge is chipped which is a very common failure and lower its value. If the glossy glazing is not even or maybe hazy, it might refer to post-repair. Gently run a needle or blade on the questioned surface. It will run along the immaculate glaze but stuck on the edge of a repair. Knocking it with a hard object or nails is another method. In normal case, it gives clear, a bit deep, clinking voice. If we hear a blunt voice, there is a crack on it somewhere.
It’s not easy to make a difference between the modern copies of antique porcelains from the originals. The lack of glaze on the bottom could be a strong point, where the hand-made pieces were got off the wheel after glazing. There always should be one or two tiny holes on the bottom or elsewhere on a hidden part of the figure porcelains. The gases arose during the burning were off here.
If products of a certain company are collected, always check up the used signs by the firm. These were changed during years but it is always found in special books which sign was used in which time interval. Popular patterns and colors of eras can be strong points for the age of the porcelain. If two marks show different eras, we may hold a copy in our hand. For example, the sign of Meissen porcelain is two swords cross each other, which changed during times but beside this, the number of cut patterns were marked, the number of the maker and the number of the painter also. The English „registered design” had two variations between 1842 and 1883 too.
Always carefully check up the purchasable rarities! There are many books in the topic but a professional can be asked for estimate.