Architectural Elements from Laurelton Hall, Oyster Bay, New York
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Made in Oyster Bay, New York, United States
Limestone, ceramic, and Fravrile glass
21 x 23 ft. (640.1 x 701 cm)
Gift of Jeannette Genius McKean and Hugh Ferguson McKean, in memory of Charles Hosmer Morse, 1978
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 701
This columnar screen once served as the entrance to Laurelton Hall, the extraordinary Oyster Bay, Long Island, home that Tiffany designed for himself between 1902 and 1905. The exotic capitals feature flowers (lotus, peony, poppy, and magnolia) in various stages of bloom. The blossoms are composed of glazed ceramic and the stems of tiny slivers of varicolored green glass. Iridescent glass tiles cover the architrave, and geometric mosaics embellish the supporting corbeled arches, from which three bell-shaped lanterns are suspended.
Laurelton Hall was the crowning achievement of Tiffany’s multifaceted career. After he established the Louis C. Tiffany Foundation in 1918, the estate became the site of a residential summer program for artists. In 1957, it was tragically destroyed by fire. Some architectural elements were salvaged from the ruins, including this loggia.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, Oyster Bay, New York, 1908–1933; McKean family, Winter Park, Florida, until 1978.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: 1922Medium: Watercolor sketching boards with window-shaped mounts with text in graphiteAccession: 1992.67aOn view in:Not on view