Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist's Country Estate

November 21, 2006–May 20, 2007

Leaded-Glass Windows at Laurelton Hall

Of all of Tiffany's artistic endeavors, leaded-glass brought him the greatest recognition. This exhibition, which presents a veritable retrospective of his work in the medium, includes examples from about 1878 to 1931. One of Tiffany's earliest domestic windows from his home at the Bella apartments illustrates his experimental use of glass. Windows from Tiffany's apartment on 72nd Street and Madison Avenue include the delicate Magnolia panels that he later transferred to Laurelton Hall. Some are notable for their technical effects, others for their unusual subject matter. Flower, Fish, and Fruit (Baltimore Museum of Art), a design dating to about 1885 and shown in London at the Grafton Galleries in 1899, demonstrates Tiffany's remarkable ability to exploit the variations and textures of glass and to employ plating of different layers of glass as seen in the goldfish bowls. Additional highlights are the individual Four Seasons panels, originally together, which were prominently displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900.