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Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall - Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney - Yale University Press

Art and Architecture

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
 


Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall

An Artist's Country Estate

  • Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen; With contributions by Elizabeth Hutchinson, Julia Meech, Jennifer Perry Thalheimer, Barbara Veith, and Richard Guy Wilson
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Winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America award in the category of exhibitions and catalogues, given by the Victorian Society in America.

This beautiful book focuses on Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Beginning in 1902, Tiffany (1848–1933) designed every aspect of the immense home, which had eighty-four rooms and eight levels, and extensive grounds into which the house was carefully integrated. Tiffany’s residential masterpiece was also a quasi-museum, for he filled it with his own works—windows, glassware, pottery, enamels, lamps, oil paintings, and watercolors—as well as with objects from his collections of Islamic, Asian, and Native American art.

Laurelton Hall burned down in 1957, but about ten years earlier most of its contents had been removed and sold. Every aspect of the estate is examined and re-created in this volume: its terraced gardens with fountains and pools; the many outbuildings; and Tiffany’s life there. The interior decoration of Laurelton Hall, a particular focus of the book, is represented by both numerous period photographs and newly commissioned color photography of surviving artworks and salvaged architectural components from the estate. For all who admire Tiffany and his work, this book presents a unique portrait of his remarkable home.

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen is Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of  American Decorative Arts,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elizabeth Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of American Art History, Barnard College/Columbia University. Julia Meech is an independent scholar and Consultant to the Department of Japanese Art, Christie’s, New York. Jennifer Perry Thalheimer is Collections Manager, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida. Barbara Veith is Research Associate, American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Richard Guy Wilson is Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (November 21, 2006 – May 20, 2007)

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