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!