Tiffany Glass Exhibition Enters Final Days at the MSV
Tiffany Lamps and Windows Glow in the Special Exhibition
Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light on Display Through September 8, 2019


Winchester, VA 8/14/2019 . . .Rare and iconic works from the famous Tiffany Studios are on view in a special exhibition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) through September 8, 2019.

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light presents 19 lamps and five windows made between 1897 and 1910 by Tiffany Studios. The exhibition is organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, New York.

As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany (1848–1933) was captivated by the interplay of light and shadows across landscapes, and this fascination found its expression in his glass “paintings.” As his artistic and business interests expanded into interior design and the decorative arts, Tiffany created firms where hundreds of artists and artisans created leaded-glass windows, lamps, mosaics, glassware, and more. By the late 1800s, Louis Tiffany had achieved international acclaim for his design, craftsmanship, and innovative use of glass.

Along with presenting lamps and windows, the exhibition illustrates the labor-intensive process of making leaded-glass shades, details the different types of glass used by Tiffany, highlights the contributions of key Tiffany chemists and designers, and explores the topic of authenticity through the display of three Tiffany lamp forgeries.

According to MSV Director of Exhibitions Corwyn Garman, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light offers visitors the opportunity to see stunning works made by Tiffany Studios, including a one-of-a-kind dragonfly hanging shade and a beautiful example of Tiffany’s iconic Wisteria lamp design.

The only known Tiffany shade of its kind, the Dragonfly Hanging Shade was made around 1905 and features a swarm of glass dragonflies set among turquoise glass jewels on a yellow opalescent glass background. The exhibition includes a Wisteria Library Lamp, one of the most iconic lamp designs produced by Tiffany Studios. Made around 1901 and on a tree-trunk bronze base, the lamp’s complex pattern is comprised of nearly 2,000 pieces of glass.

Media sponsorship for Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is provided by Shenandoah Country Q102.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries displaying permanent collections and rotating exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House, seven acres of gardens, and is the future home of The Trails at the MSV, a 90-acre art park with three miles of trails. The MSV is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members. Thanks to corporate partner Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., admission is free to all every Wednesday. Additional details are available here or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235. –END–   

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