The Lost Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Windows, Paintings, Lamps, Vases, and Other Works - $49.95 : Schiffer Publishing

The “Lost” Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Windows, Paintings, Lamps, Vases, and Other Works

Hugh F. McKean

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The works of the Tiffany Studios revolutionized interior design in turn-of-the-century America. All of the company’s works-from stained-glass windows to blown-glass vases; lamp shades to inkwells-bore the unique stamp of one man, Louis Comfort Tiffany, who created the Tiffany Studios and supervised every aspect of their production.Many of these official studio pieces are well known today-avidly sought by museums and collectors worldwide. Special ones among them, as well as other lesser known pieces-the “lost” works of Louis Tiffany himself-are, in a real sense, the core of his astonishing achievement. They comprise his personal oeuvre-the objects made from his original designs for exhibition, for private commissions, or for use in Tiffany’s own homes.This book reevaluates Tiffany’s art in terms of his personal work-including pieces in all the media that attracted him over the course of his prolific career; stained glass, of course, but also mosaics, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, and enamels. Tiffany’s pioneering efforts in interior design are covered, as are his easel paintings and his dream of creating a permanent residential retreat for working artists. Hugh F. McKean also provides much intimate insight into Tiffany’s personality, his domestic life, his financial dealings, and his unusual philosophy of art.Lavishly illustrated, the book presents a vivid display of Tiffany’s wide-ranging aesthetic. The result is a rare portrait of Tiffany the man-and of the prodigious imagination that almost single-handedly transformed the day-to-day image of a nation and an era.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 200 color & 60 b/w photos | Index | 320 pp
ISBN13: 9780764315473 | Binding: hard cover

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As a young artist, Hugh F. McKean spent time in residence at Tiffany’s estate, Laurelton Hall-courtesy of the original Tiffany Foundation. Laurelton Hall has since been destroyed by fire, but Mr. McKean’s personal experience of its many treasures and his acquaintance with the aging Tiffany himself have given him a unique insight into the subject of this book.


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Tiffany, Louis Comfort,

1848–1933, American artist, decorative designer, and art patron, b. New York City; son of Charles Lewis Tiffany. He studied painting with Inness and in Paris and painted oils and watercolors in Europe and Morocco. Later he established the interior-decorating firm in New York City which came to be known as Tiffany Studios. The firm specialized in favrile glass work, characterized by iridescent colors and natural forms in the art nouveau art nouveau
, decorative-art movement centered in Western Europe. It began in the 1880s as a reaction against the historical emphasis of mid-19th-century art, but did not survive World War I.
..... Click the link for more information.  style. This work ranged from lamps and vases to stained-glass windows and a huge glass curtain for the national theater in Mexico City. His lamps became enormously popular in the 1960s and were widely imitated. In 1919, Tiffany established the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, which presently provides study and travel grants for art students. Tiffany is represented in the Metropolitan Museum by a painting, Snake Charmer at Tangiers, in the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) by several glass pieces, and most completely in the Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Art (New York City).

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See E. Neustadt's The Lamps of Tiffany (1971).

Tiffany, Louis Comfort

(1864–1933) American designer; best known for his designs in the Art Nouveau style and developing interiors for McKim Mead and White. He also designed many fine artifacts and light fixtures in stained glass.

Tiffany, Louis Comfort

(1848–1933) glass maker, interior designer; born in New York City. After early study with painter George Innes, he founded an interior design collaborative in 1879, which decorated in richly orientalist fashion important residences, including the Mark Twain house. But it was his exquisite art nouveau glass that brought international acclaim. His iridescent favrile glass (patented in 1894)—used in making his stained glass windows, chandeliers, tiles, and vessels in flowing organic forms—came from the Tiffany Furnaces (started in 1892) and the Tiffany Studios (1902–32). He also designed lamps, furniture, textiles, ceramics, and wallpaper, and in his later years turned to jewelry. He was an officer of Tiffany & Company, the jewelers, and he set up a foundation to support artists (1919).

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Tabulous Tastemaker: Louis Comfort Tiffany

February 18, 2015

By Tab Byrum

If there is one word or name that implies beauty and luxury it has to be Tiffany, in the 21st Century most people associate Tiffany with jewelry and the 5th Avenue store in New York City, but it’s origins begin in the 19th Century with a man named Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany was born on this day 167 years ago in 1848 in New York City and lived to be 84 years old, dying in 1933.  Tiffany is most associated with Art Nouveau period of art and worked in several different mediums, including glass, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork and enamels.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848 – 1933

Tiffany started out as a painter but became interested in glass around 1875, he worked in different glass houses of the time then teamed up with other artists in 1879 to form the Louis Comfort Tiffany and American Associated Artists group, under Louis’ leadership and with his father’s financial backing the business thrived.

In the early 1880’s Tiffany received two commissions that garnered him a lot of attentions, he did the interiors of Mark Twain’s new home in Hartford, Connecticut then in 1882 he was commissioned to redecorate interior portions of the White House after President Arthur refused to move into the Executive Mansion until it was redecorated.

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Tiffany Inkstand, 1907

 

Tiffany’s desire to only work in glass led to the break up of the design firm in 1885, this is the same year that Tiffany Glass was started and in 1902 it became Tiffany Studios. Today we know Louis Comfort Tiffany for his glasswork and more specifically his lamps, with the first commercially produced lamps dating back to 1895.

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A Tiffany Floral Stained Glass Lamp.

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A Tiffany Dragonfly lamp. 

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 A young Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

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The Tiffany mansion in NYC, around 1886. 

Tiffany also used his glassmaking skill to create amazing windows which can still be seen in different buildings and churches around the world.

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Landscape Window

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Autumn Landscape Glass, 1923 – 1924.

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River of Life window, early 20th Century.

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One of the Four Season Window panels displayed at the Great Exhibition in Paris, 1900.

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Tiffany’s “Mermaid” window, Chicago. 

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The Annunciation, 1898

At it’s peak, Tiffany’s factory employed some 300 people, and by the late 1890’s the mosaics workshop employed mostly women and was producing amazing products.

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Mosaic panel designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

In 1902 Louis Comfort Tiffany became the first Design Director for Tiffany and Co., the jewelry company founded by his father. 

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A Tiffany designed necklace from around 1900. 

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Queen Anne’s Lace jeweled hair ornament, 1904.

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An Art Nouveau necklace by Tiffany, sometime between 1914 and 1927.

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Moonstone, diamond and sapphire necklace by Tiffany, 1915. 

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Tiffany and Co. diamond and moonstone bracelet, 1915. 

You can still find Tiffany inspired stained glass lamps for sale and of course visit the Tiffany and Co. store in New York City.  Here’s to Louis Comfort Tiffany, a true Tabulous Tastemaker and Artist. 

 

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A Tiffany electric chandelier from the early 20th Century. 

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Louis Comfort Tiffany Vase, 1900.

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A Tiffany vase, 1897.

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2 comments

  • Dottie

    LOVE THIS! I wrote a report on Tiffany in college and still swoon when I see such works.

    Reply
    • Tab Byrum

      Hi Dottie!!! yes, I LOVE Tiffany anything. Hope all is good in CA, miss you!!!

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Tiffany, Louis Comfort


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Tiffany, Louis Comfort,

1848–1933, American artist, decorative designer, and art patron, b. New York City; son of Charles Lewis Tiffany. He studied painting with Inness and in Paris and painted oils and watercolors in Europe and Morocco. Later he established the interior-decorating firm in New York City which came to be known as Tiffany Studios. The f