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Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of the founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, of New York jewellers, Tiffany and Co. The company was originally called Tiffany and Young and was only renamed in 1853.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in New York City.

1865. - 1870.

Tiffany leaves school and makes three trips abroad, travelling to Europe and North Africa, where he was exposed to new different cultural and artistic influences.

He decorates his first home and produces his first stained glass window.


Tiffany collaborates with Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb in the previous year, on designing the lighting for the Lyceum Theater in New York. The lightbulb provided the inspiration for the development of his famous lamps as their beauty could be appreciated better when illuminated by electric lightbulbs.


Partnerships formed with Lockwood de Forest, furniture and woodwork specialist, and Candace Wheeler, textile designer and embroidery specialist, under the name Associated Artists. The partnership produced all kinds of decorative items like lights, flooring, windows and furniture. They decorated many famous houses and buildings including the Hartford home of Mark Twain and the Veterans’ Room of the Regiment Armoury in New York.


Tiffany collaborates with artist Samuel Colman on decorating the 5th Avenue home of Louisine and Henry Osborne bringing together a wide range of disparate objects and styles to outstanding effect.


He registers Favrile as the trademark for his irridescent glass. Tiffany exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. His displays included a complete chapel and leaded glass windows. He builds large workshops and furnaces in Corona, Queens, New York.


Tiffany exhibits at the opening exhibition of Siegfried Bing’s L’Art Nouveau Gallery in Paris where work by Lalique is also on display.


He exhibits at the Grafton Gallery in London and at La Société des Artists Français.


He again exhibits at La Société des Artists Français and the Exposition Universelle in Paris, where he showed around 100 pieces of blown Favrile glass, leaded glass windows and a leaded glass screen.


Tiffany exhibits at the Prima Exposizione d’Arte Decorativa Moderna in Turin, Italy. Now called Tiffany Studios, the company opened and American Section there. He becomes the artistic director of Tiffany & Co and establishes a department for art jewellery.


Pottery, copper enamels and jewellery is exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The pottery was based on similar designs done in enamel and many were based on plants. The shape of leaf or other part of the plant actually is used as the form of the pottery or enamel, e.g. a leaf shaped plate. This was greatly influenced by the work of European Art Nouveau designers, particularly Danish potters Bing and Grøndahl, that he had seen in Paris.


Tiffany moves his jewellery studio to Tiffany & Co’s head office. His jewellery designs become more stylised.


Tiffany establishes a foundation to provide help for talented young artists.


Tiffany withdraws from his company, but remains its President. He dedicates himself to paintry.


Tiffany puts his own collection of enamelled decorative objects on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Louis C Tiffany dies.

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