Tiffany: Color and Light,” a traveling exhibit of over 170 of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most beautiful glass creations, will be making only one stop in the United States and that’s at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit is a joint production of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, so only Montreal, Paris and Richmond, Virginia, have the good fortune of hosting this greatest collection of Tiffany glass in decades.
Windows, lamps, vases, mosaics, paperweights, inkwells, all kinds of decorative objects made by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio will be on display, including items that have never been exhibited in the United States before.
VMFA objects featured in the exhibition include the “Cobweb Lamp” designed by Clara Driscoll in 1902. The lamp features leaded glass, bronze, and glass mosaics. Intricate patterns define the cobwebs on the lamp’s multicolored leaded-glass shade.
Among works in the exhibition are more than 20 leaded-glass windows drawn from major museums and private collections throughout the world. The “Magnolia” window was designed in 1900 by Agnes Northrop for the Paris World’’s Fair that year. This window is now in the permanent collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“The Angel of the Resurrection” window, designed by Frederick Wilson in 1904-5, was installed at the American Presbyterian Church in Montreal. It joined the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2008 and is one of nine windows from Montreal on display for the first time in the United States.
A “Mounted Vase with Peacock-Feather Decoration,” owned by the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., is one of more than 60 vases made by Tiffany Studios in the exhibition. The 1898-99 work is comprised of handblown glass, rubies, as well as enamel by Eugene Feuillâtre and a silver mount designed by Edward Colonna.
The exhibit opens today, May 29th, and closes August 15th. If you’re not in Virginia but within driving distance, you might want to consider making a road trip of it, because the VMFA website offers a neat map for a Tiffany Driving Tour of Virginia, complete with podcast audio tours at each location.