Designed by Louis C. Tiffany American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700

Inspired by Byzantine mosaics, this column is sheathed top to bottom in iridescent glass tesserae, ranging in color from a brilliant peacock blue at the top to deeper blues in the middle and shading almost imperceptibly to a deep midnight blue, almost black, at the base. Two such columns flanked a hanging curtain of shimmering fabric that served as a room divider in Tiffany’s Manhattan showrooms. Certain details, including the gold and silver scrollwork of the capitals, the diapered fringe, and the long gold tassels suspended from twisted cords, replicate in glass the decoration and embellishment of the fabric. The columns were later installed in the studio building at Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s country home in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Column, Designed by Louis C. Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Mosaic, plaster, glass, and iron, American

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