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  • Special Exhibition

Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Sunday, October 20, 2019–Sunday, October 4, 2020
Location:  010 Focus Gallery
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

About The Exhibition

Focusing on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s passion for stained glass as a way to bring Nature’s splendid color into the home, this exhibition explores Tiffany’s vivid designs in relation to emerging artistic and craft movements at the turn of the 20th century. Through the dynamic, illuminated display of 20 of the designer’s finest stained glass table and floor lamps and featuring the iconic Hinds House stained glass window, Tiffany in Bloom introduces visitors to the magic that Tiffany created with thousands of shards of glass and the “newfangled” power of electric light.

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Listen as Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design, discusses the exhibition.

Rare masterworks such as the Wisteria, Peacock, Bamboo, and Peony lamps highlight important thematic groups that focus on Tiffany’s many stylistic influences, from Asian to Art Nouveau. The stained glass techniques used by Tiffany’s artisans reveal the firm’s unparalleled standard of quality and the designer’s love for the infinite possibilities of iridescence, texture, and color in manipulating light. Most of the works in this exhibition recently joined the museum’s collection through the generous bequest of Charles Maurer, a Cleveland industrialist and renowned collector of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany in Bloom celebrates this extraordinary gift by providing an unprecedented opportunity to view so many of Tiffany’s great lamps together in a veritable bouquet of splendor.

Explore digital 3-D models of two lamps on view in Tiffany in Bloom. Visitors can activate animations to watch the Peacock Table Lamp transition from oil to electric light or see the Peony Lamp on a Bamboo Base rotate its shade from a daytime to nighttime version. Visitors can also explore these models off-site on the CMA’s newly redesigned Collection Online. Read more about the photogrammetry process on the blog.



Major support is provided by Margaret and Loyal Wilson. Additional support is provided by Julia and Larry Pollock.