One of America’s most celebrated artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all media available to artists and designers in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions in Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically acquired by art museums throughout his lifetime, and continues to be highly sought after today.
In September 2013, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum debuted its inaugural exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection. More than 60 objects are on view in a magnificent historic setting, representing this extraordinary artist’s work over his prolific 50-year career with the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and Tiffany Studios, among his many other interrelated firms. The exhibition also introduces audiences to Tiffany artworks from the distinguished Driehaus Collection, representing the unique collecting vision of philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus over the course of several decades.
Situated in the fully restored Gilded Age mansion designed by the architectural firm of Burling & Whitehouse in 1879 for prominent Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson, Tiffany’s masterpieces are placed within the larger context of late 19th-century interiors. The exhibition includes outstanding examples of Tiffany windows, lamps, vases, and accessories from the Driehaus Collection, displayed together publicly for the first time.
This exhibition is supported in part by Presenting Sponsor BMO Harris Bank and Supporting Sponsor Sotheby’s.