Tiffany Favrile Ribbed Glass Agate Vase
Of ovoid form, in translucent root beer colored glass, decorated with semi-opaque stripes with a zipper motif transitioning from opaque emerald green at the top to opaque dark orange brown at the bottom, signed 3125 P L.C.T. Tiffany-Favrile and with remnants of an original paper label. Height 8 5/8 inches.
Julien Joseph Cuny, decorator at Tiffany Studios, thence by descent.
Cf: See Robert Koch, Louis C. Tiffany, Rebel in Glass, p. 176, for a vase in a different shape with similar coloration and decoration, measuring 10 inches in height.
See Martin Eidelberg, Tiffany Favrile Glass and the Quest of Beauty, published by Lillian Nassau Gallery, p. 125, for a similar shape, coloration and decoration without a zipper motif, measuring 13 inches tall.
A Tiffany Favrile Glass Morning Glory Paperweight Vase from the collection of Julien Joseph Cuny was sold at Sotheby's, New York, Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass, December 16, 2015, lot 250, for $40,000.00
A Tiffany Wheel Carved Favrile Glass Vase from the Julien Joseph Cuny collection was sold at Doyle New York, Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts, September 15, 2010, lot 1338, for $27,500.
The personal life and professional career of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is very well documented. Much less is known, however, about the contributions and involvement of the many other individuals employed by Mr. Tiffany. Certainly, there were a myriad of talented men and women during the course of the firms' decades-long existence, who helped in the design and making of items at the Tiffany Studios.
It is fortunate that a new figure has now come to light in the person of Julien Joseph Cuny. The son of immigrants from Alsace Lorraine, he was born on July 11, 1891, in Union City, New Jersey. His father, also named Julien, was a glass and mirror manufacturer who had come to America in the 1880s with his wife, Marie Bouvray.
Julien Jr. began his career at the young age of twelve as an apprentice at Tiffany Studios in the decorating department. He married Elsa Anna Schultz, also a native of New Jersey, and together they had three children: Julien Edward, Florence Anna and Roy Charles. Julien Jr.'s hard work, determination and skill allowed him to rise in the ranks at the still expanding Tiffany Studios firm until he became a highly skilled decorator, specializing in church and private commissions. Julien Joseph Cuny died in August 1973 in New Jersey.
Doyle is pleased to offer property from the Collection of Julien Joseph Cuny. All of the items offered here were acquired by Cuny directly from the Tiffany firm for his own appreciation and personal enjoyment. The pieces have descended in the family through successive generations to the current owner.
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