Saturday, October 6, 2018

Tiffany Lamps Pink Saturday

The Snowball Hanging Shade in the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps at the New York Historical Society
From the moment I walked into the newly renovated and completely beautiful Gallery of Tiffany Lamps on Thursday, the words Pink Saturday came into my mind. It is one of the loveliest museum collections I've seen in a long time and I wanted to share it with Buttercupland. 
Daffodils, one of my favorite flowers and one of my favorite lamps on display
The gallery exhibit features 100 lamps from the museum's collection. My photographs don't do justice to the setting and display of the magnificent pieces that are featured, but the gallery is the perfect setting for these works of art and light. 
Before I saw this exhibit my assumption was that Louis Comfort Tiffany was not only the genius of Tiffany Studios at the turn of the century, but the designer of the lamps produced there. The exhibit gives credit to the designer of much of the leaded glass shades in the lamp collection to Clara Driscoll, who was head of the Glass Cutting Department from 1892-1909. In 1909 Clara Driscoll was married and stepped down from her job, as married women at that time didn't work outside their homes.  
The iconic Wisteria Lamp
One of the most iconic pieces in the collection is the wisteria design. Its beauty is not just in the colors of the leaded glass shade, but in the design of the bronze base. They are perfectly matched and the result is, as Keats wrote, "a joy forever." Thank you, Clara Driscoll.
Autumn is sneaking into New York. I know that just a few days ago I wrote that I still wasn't wearing socks, but as of today that is no longer true. Today was a day for socks and a jacket. Can corduroy pants be far behind. One of my errands of the afternoon was shoe shopping and I actually tried on wooly boots. Yes, I will bow to the inevitable, but until the cold days get here, I'm going to embrace the autumn sun.
As ever, thanks for visiting and wishes for a good week ahead. Happy autumn!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do love those lamps. I have a small imitation one that serves as a nightlight and it never fails to send out some beautiful colors. We had a cooler day and then a few hotter ones this week, but today it's to be in the low 70's. Just right in my opinion! Yes, we have to enjoy what we have every day! Winter is coming!

Kerin said...

Carol, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful museum with us!
I love this post!
Beautiful lamps, both the shades and the bases are marvellous works of art.
Wouldn't it be lovely to return to a time when crafts~people truly cared about their work and made quality and beautifully functional items??!!
They don't make them like they used to ~~LOL!

Have a happy day.

Melinda said...

So pretty!

M : )


BEAUTIFUL lamps, indeed.

Theresa said...

WOW, what beautiful lamps. I have a couple handed down from my Father-in-law and I treasure them. I love that Wisteria lamp, SO pretty! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Anne Payne said...

That's an awesome exhibit! The Wisteria Lamp looks exquisite!!! Wow. Thanks for sharing these lovely images. My son was supposed to be in NYC last week for some show on Broadway but his car went in the shop and he wasn't able go.

annies home said...

so super cute, love the look of cut glass within these lamps. Come see us at

Susie said...

Carol, I am so happy I get to visit your take me to places I will never get to go in person. I love all those glorious lamps. I have a faux lamp, but I love it very much. Socks and jacket..honey it was 34 this morning...gaa I was half afraid it could snow. I am just not ready for cold. But the quiet from no AC is wonderful.. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Mimi said...

For those of us who live far away, thank you for these tours of your city. Museums. Foods. Coffee. Parks Architecture. I enjoy all of it.

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