November 5, 2013 | Dragonfly lamp by Tiffany Studios, shade designed by Clara Driscoll (1861–1944), c. 1902–1906. Blown glass, patinated bronze. Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago; photograph by John Faier.
The distinguished Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus has pursued Louis Comfort Tiffany's "quest of beauty" since the early 1980s, when he bought his first stained-glass window attributed to the master artist. Over the next thirty years, Driehaus not only continued to expand his collection of Tiffany artworks but he also purchased the Gilded Age Samuel M. Nickerson mansion in Chicago. After meticulously restoring its aesthetic period interiors and opening it to the public, he established an exhibition space on the second floor, where the inaugural exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, opens this month.
More than sixty Tiffany objects, including stained-glass windows, lamps, vases, accessories, and furniture are displayed together publicly for …» More
November 5, 2013 | Part of a ten-piece suite of parlor furniture designed by the Herter Brothers (probably Gustave Herter), 1869, installed at Lyndhurst by Jay Gould in 1882. Sturges photograph, courtesy of Lyndhurst.
Three Parlors, a new display of three sets of Victorian parlor furniture, is on view at Lyndhurst through the end of 2013. The exhibition will include works, many in storage for decades, by some of the most important artists of the nineteenth century.
Lyndhurst is fortunate to have retained the furnishings of the three families who occupied the estate over more than a century, until it passed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. The three suites of parlor furniture were installed, respectively, in 1838 to 1842, 1865, and 1882. The dates of the suites correlate approximately to the three main economic events of the nineteenth century: the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, which set New York City as the country's financial capital; the end of the Civil War in …» More
November 5, 2013 | Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), 1900. Patinated plaster. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire, on long-term loan to the National Gallery of Art.
On July 18, 1863, one of the first Union Army units of African-American soldiers stormed Fort Wagner in Charleston Harbor. Led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry regiment suffered horrendous losses including its leader and nearly half of its members. In accordance with the Shaw family's wishes to honor the bravery and sacrifice of their son and the entire unit, the American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created a bronze monument depicting Colonel Shaw on horseback with his men marching alongside him, just as they left Boston for South Carolina.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner, the National Gallery of Art has mounted an exhibition and published a catal…» More
November 5, 2013 | When it comes to historic preservation too much reverence is not always a good thing. Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield, observes that one of the most devastating effects of 2011's Hurricane Irene was the closing of the Deerfield Inn in the village. "The inn animates the street," he says. "It's right in the middle of things and even its delivery trucks give an important sense of activity here." The 1884 structure took in as much as six feet of water from Irene, affecting every aspect from the foundation on up. Now, two years later, the rebuilding is complete and the inn has reopened with what Zea describes as a "vastly improved interior," modern amenities in its guest rooms, a remodeled carriage house, and a reconfigured and redesigned dining room and bar. One of the owners, Jane Howard Sabo, describes the restoration as an opportunity to enhance the inn's sense of place with the work of such local artists as Stephen Mariatti (1910-1984) and James Wells Champney (1…» More
October 21, 2013 | By Laura Beach
Yorkshire calendar and almanac
Calendar and almanac, probably York or Ripon, Yorkshire, England, c. 1425. Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on parchment, each page 6 by 4 1/8 inches.
WHY: Priced in the six figures by Les Enluminures of Paris, New York, and Chicago, this calendar and almanac of about 1425, with prognostications in Latin, illustrates the English monarchy from William I to Henry VI and depicts the history of the world from Adam's creation to St. Thomas Becket and Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, beheaded in 1322. Renderings of local saints suggest a Yorkshire origin for this gilt- and tempera-embellished ink on parchment document, which notes solar and lunar eclipses and predicts events such as the harvest, disasters, and war. The work sold to a collector at Masterpiece London.
TAKEAWAY: "This manuscript testifies to the emergence of a class of private book owners, among them prosperous landowners and country doctors, in northern England at a time when the…» More
[Compiled by Claudia J. Nahson, Morris and Eva Feld Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazin» View All