I went to a great museum this summer and as usual started thinking about you back in Solivita. The Driehause Museum on Chicago's Magnificent Mile is housed in a palatial home built during America's Gilded Age in the late 19th Century.
So what made me start thinking about you?
Well the docent mentioned a book of interest - Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland. I was thinking how much fun it would be to read the book and add to the adventure by visiting the new Tiffany Wing at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. (407-645-5311)
Let me know if any of you take me up on the challenge. Wish I could be there with you, but I'm out of town.
The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, decorative art.
Have a great time with friends and family,
Until recently, it was assumed that he was the designer of the celebrated leaded-glass lampshades. However, two collections of letters reveal that an unrecognized woman, Clara Driscoll, designed the floral shades as well as many of the bronze bases.
Clara and Mr. Tiffany presents these two figures--one the giant of American decorative arts, the other unknown--as they engage each other, collaborating, probing and frustrating each other, stumbling over their passions.
Driven by the Tiffany Family Imperative to honor his father, owner of Tiffany & Co., by surpassing his elder's fame and financial success, Tiffany confronts the central issue in the Arts and Crafts debate: art versus industry, and its concomitant, creative indulgence versus financial restraint.
Yearning to establish herself as a creator of exquisite pieces of art, and to be recognized publically, Clara is a vibrant, intelligent, wry woman, a leader whose challenge, like that of many women, is to decide what makes her most happy--the professional world of her hands, or the personal world of her heart.
The novel interprets her creative and personal life, her loves, losses, triumphs, and her startling decisions.