Tryon Palace (NC) | ‘Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation’ exhibit

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Created by the Museum of the small city of Albemarle, the exhibit “Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation”, explores the life and work of the acclaimed glass artist, and will be on loan to Tryon Palace and on display free to the public at the N.C. History Center Saturday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, March 26.

The name Tiffany is recognizable to many, but few may know that Louis Comfort Tiffany, famed for his innovations in glass, was the son of Charles Tiffany, founder of the internationally acclaimed Tiffany and Co.

Featuring pieces on loan from private collectors and several institutions, the exhibit tells the story of the companies created by father and son, as well as putting Mr. Tiffany’s stained glass in the context of the broader Art Nouveau style. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a collection of 23 objects on loan from Georgia collector Tom Wester.

Three stained glass windows join a collection of lamps, vases and pottery. On display will be rare items such as a circa 1910 lamp with an oriental poppy shade and a Cypriot glass base, a number of Favrile glass works, including lamp sprays from Whalehead in Historic Corolla and an urn shaped vase that was displayed at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific in Seattle, Wash., where Mr. Tiffany won a gold medal for his work.

Visitors can discover the significance of the Art Nouveau movement. For more information visit www.tryonpalace.org.

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