Season of Light Scavenger Hunt

Fri, November 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am - Sun, December 1st, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Friday – Sunday, November 29 – December 1, All day

Families will seek out images of light throughout the New-York Historical Society in this seasonal scavenger hunt. From New-York Historical's Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps to the treasures of Shearith Israel, find examples of light used for both decoration and symbolism.
 

The Woolworth Bowl

Mar 29 2013 - Mar 29 2013

This remarkable and unique silver presentation punch bowl, currently on display in our Smith Gallery, was presented by Frank W. Woolworth (1852-1919) to architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) at the formal dinner celebrating the opening of the Woolworth Building.When the neo-Gothic skyscraper, known as the "Cathedral of Commerce," was completed in 1913, it was the tallest building in the world, and held that distinction until the completion of 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building in 1930.

Tiffany & Co. (1837-present), Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building, 1913. Sterling silver with gold inscription. Purchased through the generosity of Barbara Knowles Debs and Richard A. Debs, Paul Guarner, Patricia D. Klingenstein, the Monsky family, Nancy Newcomb and John Hargraves, Pam B. Schafler, and Roy J. Zuckerberg, 2013.12

Woolworth's "small token” of his regard, as he described it during the presentation ceremony, was in fact a conspicuous flaunting of wealth and power. The bowl is austere in its design, with an inscription around the perimeter executed in Gothic-style silver gilt lettering. Both the lettering and the bowl's neo-Gothic ornament make direct reference to the architectural details of Gilbert's masterpiece. A view of the Woolworth Building from City Hall Park is chased inside the bottom of the bowl.

Cigar box

Object name 
Cigar box
Date 
1930
Medium 
Silver
Description 
This lavish box, an example of Tiffany & Co’s “Special Hand Work,” was presented to discerning cigar smoker Al Smith, the self-made New York politician who ascended from the Lower East Side to four terms as governor of the State of New York.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase
Object Number 
2004.49
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pitcher

Object name 
Pitcher
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Silver
Description 
An early retailer of luxury goods, Tiffany, Young & Ellis offered patrons a wide assortment of stylish table silver, including this Asian-inspired water pitcher. The firm began retailing silver made by others around 1847 and contracted its own silver manufacture starting in 1851.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Presented in memory of Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler by Mrs. Cruger D. G. Fowler and Family
Object Number 
1983.7
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Ice cream dish

Object name 
Ice cream dish
Date 
1877-1878
Medium 
Silver
Description 
Embodying the extravagant excess of the Gilded Age, this exotic ice cream dish was part of a 1,250-piece dinner service commissioned from Tiffany & Co. by “silver king” John W. Mackay (1831-1902) for his wife, Marie Louise Hungerford Mackay (1843-1928).
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. John Mackay
Object Number 
1980.14
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)

Object name 
Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)
Date 
1840
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Description 
Charles L. Tiffany founded the famous silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. in 1837. The business began as a small stationery and gift shop, Tiffany and Young. This portrait depicts the young entrepreneur in 1840, before his firm became a major retailer of fine silver.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Comfort Tiffany Gilder
Object Number 
1948.393
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Luce Center

Ongoing

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the fourth floor provides public access to nearly 40,000 objects from the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection. In the Luce Center, visitors can see art and artifacts spanning four centuries, ranging from masterworks of American painting, to the nation’s premiere collection of Tiffany lamps, to historical touchstones such as the draft wheel that played a role in one of the worst urban riots in United States history. 

The Luce Center houses collections formerly kept in offsite storage. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at a working museum collection. In addition to a rich array of objects, small focus exhibitions highlight specific strengths of the collection and offer a historical context for current cultural, economic, political and social issues. Free handheld guides and cell phone tours allow visitors to hear the stories behind the objects on view.

Welcome Home, Al

Jul 1 2005 - Sep 11 2005

This presentation features an elaborate sterling silver humidor by Tiffany & Co., presented to four-time New York governor and presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith in 1930.

Works from the Permanent Collection

Ongoing

Christian Köhler’s Germania (The Awakening of Germania in the Year 1848), 1849 (1882.154) is installed on the second to third floor stairwell. It was first exhibited in New York in 1850 and was immediately recognized as one of the most important paintings in the United States. An allegory of the German people’s struggle for democracy, it was thought to have a safer resting place in New York than in Germany after the failed revolutions of 1848.

Christian Köhler (1809-1861), Germania, 1849. Oil on linen. New-York Historical Society, The Durr Collection, 1882.154

The work entered the New-York Historical Society's collections in 1882 and hung in the stairwell of New-York Historical’s Second Avenue home. It had been on long-term loan to the Deutsches Historisches Museum since 1998, where it is the centerpiece of the 1848 section of the museum’s permanent exhibition. The work finds particular resonance with Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware in the Met’s American Wing. The Leutze's monumental, newly reconstructed frame is based on Mathew Brady photographs in New-York Historical's collection.

A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

A New Light on Tiffany presents groundbreaking research revealing the many women who played a crucial role in the design and creation of Tiffany Studios’ masterpieces, in particular, Clara Driscoll (1861–1944), head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department. Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios at the turn of the century, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy, as well as numerous other objects made with glass, bronze and mosaic. In addition to designing, Driscoll managed a large department of young women, known as the “Tiffany Girls,” who specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades and mosaics.
 

Tiffany Studios (1902-1932), Dragonfly Table lamp, c. 1900-1906. Glass, bronze. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt, N84.113

The exhibition includes approximately sixty Tiffany lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels and ceramics designed by Clara Driscoll and other women at Tiffany Studios, as well as numerous objects made under her direction. Supplementary archival material documents the activities at Tiffany Studios and sheds light on Driscoll’s experience as a New York working woman at the turn of the century.

 

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