Magnolia and Irises, stained glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany
The 41-cent Tiffany commemorative depicts a leaded Favrile-glass window created circa 1908 by the New York City-born artist and designer, titled Magnolias and Irises. The stamp art is considered a “detail” of the 60.25- by 42-inch window, as the photographic image of it was very slightly cropped on all four sides to fit the stamp format. This window, originally installed in a mausoleum in a Brooklyn cemetery, presents a familiar motif, the River of Life, with the slender stream zig-zagging through mountains and spilling into a placid pool in the middle ground of the composition. Masses of iris and two magnolia trees dominate the foreground and aptly illustrate the coloristic properties of Tiffany’s famed opalescent glass.