Cleveland Museum of Art shines light on Tiffany lamps in ‘Tiffany in Bloom’

Opening the day of this posting and running through June 14 in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery, the Cleveland Museum’s newest free exhibition, “Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany,” features 20 stained glass lamps from the recent bequest of Cleveland industrialist Charles Maurer.

From a CMA news release:

Focusing on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s passion for stained glass as a way to bring Nature’s color into the home, Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany explores Tiffany’s vivid designs in relation to emerging artistic and craft movements at the turn of the 20th century. This dynamic, illuminated display of the designer’s finest stained glass table and floor lamps also features the iconic stained glass window made in about 1900 for the Howell Hinds House in Cleveland Heights. Tiffany in Bloom introduces visitors to the spectacular work created with thousands of shards of glass and the power of electric light. Period photographs and accounts of his artisans also provide a glimpse into Tiffany’s shop and studio. Most of the works on view in Tiffany in Bloom have recently joined the museum’s collection through the generous bequest of Cleveland entrepreneur Charles Maurer. This collection is on view for the first time in its entirety at the museum.

“We are excited to honor and celebrate Charles Maurer’s extraordinary gift by presenting Tiffany in Bloom,” says William Griswold, CMA director, in the release. “He was a passionate and devoted collector of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany.”

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Wisteria Lamp, c. 1902–10. Clara Wolcott Driscoll (American, 1861–1944), Tiffany Studios(America, 1902–1932). Leaded glass, bronze;h.43.2 cm,diam.26.7 cm. The Cleveland Museum ofArt, Bequest of Charles Maurer,2018.261 (Below is a detail shot of the same piece.)

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More from the release:

Tiffany’s unparalleled standard of quality and his love for the infinite possibilities of texture and color in manipulating light reveal an artistic sensibility that guided his designers. Together, they re-created the qualities of natural light using the light and dark tonal effects of glass when illuminated with electric lamps. Tiffany’s fascination with exotic plants resulted in works of breathtaking colors, from deep reds, blues, greens and yellows to soft pale whites, pinks and creams. Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany features some of the artist’s rare masterworks including the Wisteria, Peacock, Bamboo and Peony lamps.

“We now know that most of the floral lamps were actually designed by Ohio native Clara Wolcott Driscoll, who rose to prominence as head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department in Tiffany’s studio,” says Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design, in the release. “Driscoll transformed the vibrant colors and seductive blooms of plant life into shimmering lamp designs that won Tiffany international acclaim.”

If you’re interested in a deeper dive, be aware of some related programming:

Exhibition Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.

Join a CMA volunteer docent for a free tour of “Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany.” Meet at the information desk in the Ames Family Atrium. No reservation required.

Curator Talk: “Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany”

Friday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

Curator Stephen Harrison leads a tour through the exhibition, which focuses on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s passion for stained glass as a way to bring Nature’s splendid color into the home.

Explore Digital 3-D Models of Two Lamps in the Exhibition

Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Explore digital 3-D models of two lamps on view in Tiffany in Bloom. Visitors can activate animations to watch the Peacock Table Lamp transition from gas to electric light or see the Peony Lamp on a Bamboo Base rotate its shade from a daytime to nighttime version. Visitors can also explore these models off-site on the CMA’s newly redesigned collection online.

Get more information from CMA.

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