Tiffany Lamps Shine in New Space

NEW YORK CITY -- Renowned for its collection of lamps by Tiffany Studios, the New York Historical Society on Central Park West will renovate the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture and dedicate the space to displaying the 100 lamps it owns.

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Designed by architect Eva Jiřičná, the 3,000-square-foot, two-story space is scheduled to open in early 2017, and will feature the Tiffany lamps lit in a darkened gallery, creating a dramatic, glowing effect for visitors.

Highlights on view will include a one of Tiffany Studios’ most popular designs, the Dragonfly shade (ca. 1900–06); a Wisteria lamp (ca. 1901), made with nearly 2,000 pieces of glass; a Cobweb shade on a Narcissus mosaic base (ca. 1902), which depicts spider webs among the branches of an apple blossom tree; and a Magnolia shade (ca. 1910–13), with “drapery” glass that was folded while still molten to mimic the fleshy texture of the blossoms.

The installation will also explore the history of Tiffany Studios, which was initially founded by Louis Comfort as Tiffany Glass Company in 1885, vis-a-vis the impact of the advent of electricity at the turn of the century.

Meanwhile, just outside the Tiffany Gallery, the Silver Hall will feature a display of silver and jewelry by luxury retailer Tiffany & Co., which was founded by Louis’s father, Charles Tiffany.

Included there will be a colossal punch bowl that was presented in 1913 by Frank Woolworth to Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth Building; as well as a controller handle used by Mayor George McClellan to drive the first subway car in 1904.

“The new fourth floor was inspired in part by New York Historical’s discovery of the secret history of Clara Driscoll and the ‘Tiffany Girls,’ who designed and created many iconic Tiffany lampshades, and whose overlooked contributions offer a window into the history of American women, labor and a changing New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New York Historical Society, which was founded in 1804.

Also part of the refurbished floor will be the new Center for the Study of Women’s History, a permanent space devoted to women’s history exhibitions and scholarship.

Today's homeoage Featured Art Video takes a close look at the Tiffany 'dragonfly' la,p in the collection of the New York Historical Society.