Tiffany by Design
YONKERS, NY. November 18, 2004 - Tiffany Studios produced thousands of lamps in hundreds of designs. No two Tiffany lamps are identical.
Tiffany by Design, at the Hudson River Museum, on view from January 29 through May 15, explores the design, construction and fabrication of Tiffany lamps made between 1900 and 1925. Approximately 50 Tiffany lamps and lamp parts, and one leaded-glass window from the collection of the Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Art will be displayed as well as black-and-white photomurals that show Tiffany producing artware in his studio.
Louis Comfort Tiffany focused his earliest interest on leaded-glass windows that he produced in Brooklyn glass houses and marketed under the trademarked name "Favrile." Then, spurred by the increasing availability of electricity, Tiffany widened his glass works to produce colored glass lampshades. The Tiffany Studio grew to make a range of decorative objects, from blown glass, to windows, lamps, metalwork, enamels, mosaics and ceramics. Tiffany, the creative force of this enterprise, employed hundreds of master craftsmen and designers.
Tiffany by Design looks at the lamp in all its aspects: the technique of constructing a leaded-glass shade; the pattern and complexity of a lamp's shade design - moving from simple to increasingly complex motifs; the parts of a Tiffany lamp, with their intriguing options for design and selection of lamp bases, shades, finials and hardware. The show asks: "What makes it a Tiffany? Is it harmonious design? subtle variations in color? craftsmanship?
Finally, Tiffany by Design questions the quality and authenticity of replicas and reproductions by comparing them to Tiffany originals. By looking at the deceptively simple to extraordinarily complex patterns and motifs of Tiffany lamps, chandeliers and metal accessories, a deeper understanding and appreciation of their quality and beauty is possible.
Tiffany by Design was organized by the Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Art, Long Island City New York and curated by Nina Gray. This exhibition was sponsored, in part, by a grant from The Citigroup Private Bank and McCarthy Fingar LLP.
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