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Stunning Tiffany collection at NY Historical Society, pt 1

Conventional Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Rose Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps featured 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from a spectacular collection, displayed within a dramatically lit jewel-like space

Conventional Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Rose Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps featured 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from a spectacular collection, displayed within a dramatically lit jewel-like space

Stalactite Hanging Shade, ca. 1904-10; Tiffany hung 4 similar blown glass globes in the entrance hall of his 600 acre Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall; the 84 room mansion burned down in 1957

Stalactite Hanging Shade, ca. 1904-10; Tiffany hung 4 similar blown glass globes in the entrance hall of his 600 acre Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall; the 84 room mansion burned down in 1957

Mosaic and Turtleback Tile Base (ca. 1900-02) with Trumpet Creeper Shade (ca. 1900-06); for Tiffany, color reigned over line and form; the gallery displaying the lamps was so dark it was difficult to read the descriptions of each lamp

Mosaic and Turtleback Tile Base (ca. 1900-02) with Trumpet Creeper Shade (ca. 1900-06); for Tiffany, color reigned over line and form; the gallery displaying the lamps was so dark it was difficult to read the descriptions of each lamp

Hurricane Lamp, ca. 1894-96; this blown-glass lamp, pre-dating the firm's first leaded shades by several years reveals Tiffany's interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic design

Hurricane Lamp, ca. 1894-96; this blown-glass lamp, pre-dating the firm's first leaded shades by several years reveals Tiffany's interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic design

Hollyhock Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios but many of the designs were probably made by Clara Driscoll

Hollyhock Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios but many of the designs were probably made by Clara Driscoll

Poppy Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy

Poppy Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy

Peony Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows, Corona Park also holds a large collection of Tiffany Lamps; the museum is located in the New York City Building, the historic pavilion designed for the 1939 World’s Fair

Peony Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows, Corona Park also holds a large collection of Tiffany Lamps; the museum is located in the New York City Building, the historic pavilion designed for the 1939 World’s Fair

Peony Border Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll attended what is now the Cleveland Institute of Art before enrolling at the then new Metropolitan Museum Art School in New York City

Peony Border Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll attended what is now the Cleveland Institute of Art before enrolling at the then new Metropolitan Museum Art School in New York City

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Plain Square Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, England contains a collection of 140  examples of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including vases, tiles, lamps, and mosaics

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Plain Square Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, England contains a collection of 140+ examples of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including vases, tiles, lamps, and mosaics

Spun Oval Base with Three-Leaf Turtleback Tile Ornament (ca. 1900-06) with Black-Eyed Susan Shade (ca. 1900-06); a new exhibit at the Museum that opened after my visit deals with the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Spun Oval Base with Three-Leaf Turtleback Tile Ornament (ca. 1900-06) with Black-Eyed Susan Shade (ca. 1900-06); a new exhibit at the Museum that opened after my visit deals with the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Bell Lamp and Lotus Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Arlington Street Church in Boston has 16 Tiffany windows of a set of 20 but it was closed for renovations on my last visit

Bell Lamp and Lotus Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Arlington Street Church in Boston has 16 Tiffany windows of a set of 20 but it was closed for renovations on my last visit

The Four Feet Base (ca. 1906-10) sold for $25 in 1906 while the Plain Squares, Turtleback Band Shade (ca. 1900-06) sold for $50; the geometric shapes required less labor so were less expensive than other Tiffany shades

The Four Feet Base (ca. 1906-10) sold for $25 in 1906 while the Plain Squares, Turtleback Band Shade (ca. 1900-06) sold for $50; the geometric shapes required less labor so were less expensive than other Tiffany shades

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Grape Table Lamp (ca. 1901-03); the value of original Tiffany lamps can range from many thousands to more than a million dollars; the highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp was $3.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2018

Grape Table Lamp (ca. 1901-03); the value of original Tiffany lamps can range from many thousands to more than a million dollars; the highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp was $3.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2018

Magnolia Shade (ca. 1906-10); the jewel-like lamps made by Tiffany Studios are icons of early 20th century American design; Tiffany pioneered artistic lighting for the then-recent invention of incandescent light bulbs

Magnolia Shade (ca. 1906-10); the jewel-like lamps made by Tiffany Studios are icons of early 20th century American design; Tiffany pioneered artistic lighting for the then-recent invention of incandescent light bulbs

This Gourd shade (ca. 1900-06) is one of only two in existence; the designer took artistic license in portraying flowers simultaneously with the fruits, and in showing several varieties of gourds in a single pattern

This Gourd shade (ca. 1900-06) is one of only two in existence; the designer took artistic license in portraying flowers simultaneously with the fruits, and in showing several varieties of gourds in a single pattern

Fruit Shade (ca. 1900-06); unlike most of the shades produced by Tiffany Studios, this model has no pattern repeats in the design

Fruit Shade (ca. 1900-06); unlike most of the shades produced by Tiffany Studios, this model has no pattern repeats in the design

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-04) with Nasturtium Shade (ca. 1900-04); one area of the exhibit focused on Tiffany knock-offs and how to tell the difference between a real Tiffany product and the many fakes

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-04) with Nasturtium Shade (ca. 1900-04); one area of the exhibit focused on Tiffany knock-offs and how to tell the difference between a real Tiffany product and the many fakes

Blown Glass in Metal Base (ca. 1900-02) with Poppy Shade (ca. 1900-06); this best-selling model remained in production into the 1920s, long after many other leaded shades had been discontinued

Blown Glass in Metal Base (ca. 1900-02) with Poppy Shade (ca. 1900-06); this best-selling model remained in production into the 1920s, long after many other leaded shades had been discontinued

Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); for every shade model, Tiffany artisans created numbered brass templates corresponding to each glass segment

Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); for every shade model, Tiffany artisans created numbered brass templates corresponding to each glass segment

Tripod Base (ca. 1900) with Crown Shade (ca. 1910); in addition to the leaded shades that have become synonymous with the Tiffany name, the firm produced special orders in a wide variety of styles

Tripod Base (ca. 1900) with Crown Shade (ca. 1910); in addition to the leaded shades that have become synonymous with the Tiffany name, the firm produced special orders in a wide variety of styles

Elaborate desk sets (like this Etched Metal and Glass model ca. 1900-06) were an important part of Tiffany Studios' production and were a favorite of the gift-buying public

Elaborate desk sets (like this Etched Metal and Glass model ca. 1900-06) were an important part of Tiffany Studios' production and were a favorite of the gift-buying public

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleback Tile Band (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil and Narcissus Shade (ca. 1910-13); Tiffany is best known for leaded glass lamps, but it's interesting that Tiffany was most proud of his blown glass vases and leaded glass windows

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleback Tile Band (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil and Narcissus Shade (ca. 1910-13); Tiffany is best known for leaded glass lamps, but it's interesting that Tiffany was most proud of his blown glass vases and leaded glass windows

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleneck Tile Base with Daffodil Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Tiffany won a gold medal with his stained glass windows The Four Seasons at the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleneck Tile Base with Daffodil Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Tiffany won a gold medal with his stained glass windows The Four Seasons at the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris

Claw Feet Library Base (ca. 1900-06) with Elizabethan Shade (ca.. 1910-13); in 1893, Tiffany built a new factory called the Stourbridge Glass Company, later called Tiffany Glass Furnaces, which was located in Corona, Queens

Claw Feet Library Base (ca. 1900-06) with Elizabethan Shade (ca.. 1910-13); in 1893, Tiffany built a new factory called the Stourbridge Glass Company, later called Tiffany Glass Furnaces, which was located in Corona, Queens

Venetian Desk Lamp (ca. 1906-08); Tiffany's big break came in 1882 when President Chester Arthur refused to move into the White House until it had been redecorated; he commissioned Tiffany to redecorate all of the State rooms

Venetian Desk Lamp (ca. 1906-08); Tiffany's big break came in 1882 when President Chester Arthur refused to move into the White House until it had been redecorated; he commissioned Tiffany to redecorate all of the State rooms

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