from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Artistic in a distinctive and concentrated way, namely, characterized by rich colors, enameling, and iridescence, with decorative effect: applied to glass so produced.
- n. A highly decorative colored, enameled, and iridescent glass, usually in vaseforms.
Just as the ancient Egyptians and Persians had used glazed brick and tile, set in cement, as their form of wall decoration, so Mr. Tiffany had used favrile glass, set in cement.
The windows have been executed in favrile glass from original designs by the artists of the Tiffany Studios.
There was a center-table bearing a silver lamp with a shade of favrile glass, and a case of Rebecca's favorite books.
This word was formed as a trade name by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the inventor of this type of glass. ‘Favrile’ may be influenced by ‘fabrile,’ pertaining to a workman, or to work in wood, stone, metal, etc.