These recent acquisitions are works by Leslie H. Nash (1884–1958), best known in connection with Louis Comfort Tiffany, who employed both Leslie and his father for many years.
Drawing for Two Aquamarine Vases
This watercolor and pencil drawing is a design for two Aquamarine vases, the last major Favrile glass product developed by Tiffany Studios and introduced around 1911. Leslie Nash played a crucial role in its design and production. Both types of Aquamarine glass are represented in the drawing: the vase on the left depicts water lilies, while the vase on the right shows fish and seaweed.
You may already know that the Museum owns a piece of Aquamarine glass – the Favrile Aquamarine Paperweight Vase with Sea Life (54.4.6) which is currently on display.
Aquamarine Favrile glass, Leslie Hayden Nash. 1911–1912. Bib ID 132147, 1 art original: watercolor and pencil on paper; 28 x 22 cm.
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Sketch of Corona Lab
The later pencil sketch shows the “Louis C. Tiffany Furnaces,” located in Corona (Queens), New York. It is signed by Nash and dated 1926, a few years before the stock market crash and the closure of Tiffany Studios. Penciled below the sketch, Nash wrote:
A sketch of the Lab where I spent many lonely hours. The home of (FAVRILE) glass. This was the experimental end of the Lab. The other end was used for regular everyday fillings (much larger) A silk thread stretched the floor to the electric clock in my office would warn me that someone was in the Lab.
Sketch of Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, Leslie Hayden Nash. 1926. Bib ID 132148, 1 art original: pencil on paper; 27 x 30 cm.
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