Louis Comfort Tiffany: From Gilded Age to Tiffany Marketplace
Tuesday, March 28
Louis Comfort Tiffany used exotic motifs, extraordinary color, and abstracted forms in his lamps and art glass to become one of the most instrumental figures in American design history. While the Tiffany Studios stopped producing goods almost a century ago, the meticulous craftsmanship that went into the making of every lamp and vase has turned each into its own timeless masterpiece.
In addition to discussing the technical aspects, authenticity and the current marketplace of Tiffany lamps and glass, our expert Ben Macklowe will shed light on Louis Comfort Tiffany as a member of Gilded Age New York society. Ben will discuss Louis Comfort Tiffany’s commissions for the White House as well as his marketing strategy of placing collections in major museums in order to burnish his reputation.
Mr. Macklowe has appeared on television to discuss Tiffany lamps with Martha Stewart, lectured on the art glass of Emile Gallé at the Taft Museum of Art and taught about Art Nouveau jewelry at Christie’s auction house on multiple occasions. He has helped expand the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, selling important decorative works of art to each. Under his leadership, Macklowe Gallery has become one of the world’s most respected dealers of antique and estate jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany.