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Season of Light Scavenger Hunt

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:00 to Sun, 12/01/2013 - 17:00
Fri, November 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am to 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.
 

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Cigar box

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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

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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

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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)

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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

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on our fourth floor will be closed for renovations through December 2016. Please check back in the fall for details of our exciting new galleries and installations.
 
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

July 01, 2005
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September 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.

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.

 

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
New-York Historical Society (New York, NY) February 23–May 28, 2007
Singer Laren Museum (The Netherlands) December 16, 2008–August 30, 2009
Museum Villa Stuck (Munich, Germany) October 15, 2009–January 17, 2010
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (Albuquerque, NM) May 8–August 21, 2011
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL) January 31–April 22, 2012

 

Resources

Click here for dramatic readings of Driscoll’s letters by actress Lois Chiles and curatorial commentary by Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rutgers University; Nina Gray, independent scholar and former Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society; and Margaret K. Hofer, New-York Historical Society Curator of Decorative Arts.

A catalogue by the three curators, also available in Dutch and German translations, accompanies the exhibition.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

 

Allure of the East: Orientalism in New York, 1850–1930

April 11, 2008
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August 17, 2008

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

Advertising poster for Murad Turkish Cigarettes, ca. 1890-1910. The New-York Historical Society Library, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

To provide a historical context for the exhibition on oriental rugs of the Hajji Baba club, the Historical Society has organizing a multi-faceted installation examining the fashion for Orientalism in New York during the late 19th century. Through paintings, prints, photographs and books as well as silver, lighting, and metalwork, the display explores New Yorkers' fascination with the "Orient"-defined for this purpose as the Middle East, as well as North Africa and Moorish Spain. The installation includes paintings of Orientalist artists that hung in New York salons, including Jean-Léon Gérôme, Edwin L. Weeks, and Ernst Koerner, as well as depictions of New Yorkers sporting traditional Middle Eastern dress, including the dramatic portrait of Orientalist William C. Prime in Arab costume and the group portrait of the exotically-attired Gerard Stuyvesant family. By the 1860s, New Yorkers were also incorporating facets of Eastern design, as well as a plethora of imported exotic objects, in domestic interiors influenced by Islamic art and also by impressions of an alluring and sensuous Orient gained from popular translations of works such as The Arabian Nights. Photographs of New York interiors, from George Kemp's Fifth Avenue mansion and Louis C. Tiffany's personal Studio to the Moorish Ottendorfer pavilion on Riverside Drive, reveal the opulent luxury of these interiors. In addition, the installation includes decorative arts inspired by the East, including Islamic-style silver made by Tiffany & Co. and Moorish-style chandeliers and lighting from Tiffany Studios.

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The New-York Historical Society Museum collection numbers over 60,000 objects, including works of art and artifacts spanning four centuries. Among its holdings are particularly rich and diverse collections that illuminate the historical and cultural life of New York City and the nation.

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