Florida museum showcases Tiffany glass works

Mon Jan 3, 2011 3:49pm EST
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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters Life!) - The last major art works from the estate of American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany will go on permanent display for the first time in February at Florida's Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

A new 6,000-square-foot gallery at the Winter Park museum will be opened on February 19, nearly 54 years after a fire destroyed Laurelton Hall, the turn-of-the-century New York home of Tiffany, who was best known for his leaded glass works.

The gallery will house the surviving components of the estate, including the reassembled Daffodil Terrace, an outdoor room marked by eight 11-foot (3.4 meter) marble columns topped with wreaths of glass flowers and covered by a cedar, tile and glass ceiling.

"Laurelton Hall was not simply another house that he did," said Laurence J. Ruggiero, the director of the museum. "Tiffany saw this as a statement about art and philosophy and an attitude about life."

Over the past five years, the museum has been developing the new gallery designed to display Tiffany's remaining large-scale works in a manner that suggests their placement at his estate, as well as his love of natural beauty and his style of blurring the line between indoors and outdoors.

The gallery will also include 250 objects from or related to the estate.

The Daffodil Terrace will be displayed in a glassed-in alcove to recreate the feel of the original outdoor space.

"It's bathed in natural light for the first time since it was taken from the estate," said Catherine Hinman, the museum's director of public affairs.   Continued...

<p>Straight-on view of the living room gallery, as seen from the reception hall gallery, showing the Turtleback globes and hanging shades, Lunette window, and Four Seasons windows. Reuters/Raymond Martinot for The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.</p>