How to Find Out If a Glass Bowl Is From Tiffany's?


Tiffany glass refers to glassware made by Tiffany Studios during the late-18th century and early-19th centuries. As with any designer piece, the market is flooded with imposters. Some pieces are meant to imitate Tiffany glass but don’t claim to be real. They’re often offered at a steep discount. Unfortunately, there are also those who try to pawn off a fake as the real thing. Sometimes, a knockoff is easy to spot, but a good imitation can be tricky. Here are a few tips to verify if a glass bowl was truly made by Tiffany.

  • Study examples of Tiffany as well as some of its contemporary competitors. New York-based Steuben Glass and Austria’s Loetz were both significant competitors with Tiffany Studios. Telling the differences among the three types of glass (mainly the varying shades of color and iridescence) will hone your eye to the distinguishing characteristics of Tiffany glass.

  • Identify the differences in shape. This may prove challenging, since styles can seem similar. However, what can appear to be subtle variations in the colors and shape of the glass can help you recognize a Tiffany piece. For example, the glass shapes of Steuben are fairly fixed and uniform, while Tiffany lends itself to more natural designs.

  • Identify the differences in color. The popular iridescence of the glass will vary as well. Steuben’s early designs had almost silvery qualities that wouldn’t appear in a Tiffany piece. Gold iridescence is another aspect that appeals to collectors, but there are some marked, unique characteristics. Loetz pieces have a pale gold tone, Tiffany a tawny gold, while Steuben has an almost green hue.

  • Realize a signature does not prove authenticity. Tiffany, Steuben and Loetz all produced pieces that were unsigned. This opened up an opportunity for collectors to snatch up an unsigned piece and put a signature on it. Recreating a signature is one of the easiest ways to fool a buyer.

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