The Driehaus Collection

Tiffany Studios (American, 1902-1932).Curtain border floor lamp, early 20th c.

The Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts stands testament to Richard H. Driehaus’s passion for the preservation and appreciation of historic design. Housed in the historic Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, this diverse collection of European and American decorative and fine arts features artifacts created predominantly between 1880 and 1920, the period during which the Nickerson Mansion was occupied as a private residence.

When the Driehaus Collection was formed during the early 1970s, acquisitions focused primarily on Art Nouveau posters by Alphonse Mucha and his contemporaries. From that essential core, the collection has grown to include master works of design by such Belle Epoque luminaries as Louis Majorelle, the Herter Brothers, Édouard Colonna, John La Farge, Emile Gallé, and Josef Hoffmann. In addition to these important holdings, the Driehaus Collection is one of the country’s leading private collections of works by preeminent American decorative designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. In 2003, Mr. Driehaus founded the Driehaus Museum to publicly exhibit and preserve his collection. Today the Museum is a showcase for late 19th and early 20th-century art and design, displayed against the magnificent backdrop of the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion.

Photo by Alexander Vertikoff.


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