A famed piece of artwork on show at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington is due to feature on the Antiques Roadshow.
The Sulphur Crested Cockatoos Mosaic, designed by artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and gifted to Accrington by local man Joseph Briggs in the late 19th century, has been on display at the Haworth since 1951.
The artwork will feature on BBC favourite the Antiques Roadshow this Sunday at 8pm.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of the famous jeweller and silversmith Charles Lewis Tiffany, became interested in the decorative possibilities of glass in the 1870s and developed new techniques where different colours of glass were blended together in the molten state which he named Favrile glass after Old English word ‘fabrile’, meaning hand wrought.
During 1890 and 1914 the use of nature to influence designs became known as Art Nouveau, which means ‘New Art’. Tiffany extended his work in Favrile glass and began to design glass mosaics for interiors.
He directed his artists to cut glass into shapes that conformed to specific elements of his design rather than uniform squares. In this way they were able to achieve more naturalistic effects, reflecting the Art Nouveau movement.
Today you can see beautiful examples of this work at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, home to Europe’s largest public collection of Tiffany glass in Europe.