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Behind me, you see a collection of spectacular blown glass vases by the New York decorator designer stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and I want to focus in particular on the most spectacular of this group in the center this blue iridescent glass of 1913. It really marks the high point of what was an intensive exploration of modern materials and forms. The glass is called favrile and it exploits the iridescent natural and accidental beauties of blown glass in this form which draws inspiration from a Jack in the pulpit flower I mean, it scares me every time I look at this object. It’s so fragile and tenuated in its form. What I love about this glass is the way it combines ancient and modern. Tiffany was inspired by ancient Roman and Mediterranean glass which had this iridescent finish when it was dug out. At the same time he wanted to create this startling modern object. People were blown away when they were exhibited at the Colombian World’s fair and in the Paris 1900 exhibition. But what you see in this blue vase of 1913 is almost like the last gas and the culmination of this intensive exploration of a form and technique which became internationally famed. Sub-titling done in 2014 by the 9th-graders of ISJA middle school, Saint-Maximin la Sainte Baume, France