Celebrate the birth of creative virtuoso Louis C. Tiffany, born #onthisday in 1848, by tuning into our next Tête-à-Tête: Tiffany and the Lure of Egypt!
Tiffany’s lifelong fascination with Egypt, sparked by a trip there as a young painter, fueled an enduring design influence on the work produced at the Tiffany Studios. Concurrent with the craze for ‘Egyptomania,’ Egyptian motifs, such as scarabs, papyrus, and winged suns, graced virtually every decorative medium produced at the Studios, from blown and leaded glass to mosaic and metalwork.
This Egyptian influence found its most spectacular expression in Tiffany’s 1913 Egyptian Fête, a grand ball that closed the social season. Four hundred of society’s most influential members, all dressed in elaborate costumes, gathered at the Tiffany Studios on Madison Avenue, where they enjoyed performances by leading actors and dancers of the day. The New York Times raved that the event “eclipsed any fancy dress function ever presented in New York.”
Join Neustadt curators Lindsy Parrott and Morgan Pruden on Tuesday, February 23 for a transportive evening with special guest Dr. Cynthia Williams, glass scholar, educator, and Neustadt Board President. Discover the origins of ‘Egyptomania,’ explore its influence over Tiffany’s own work, and delight in the spectacle of his legendary Egyptian Fête!
Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/2MWjWG4
📸 Louis C. Tiffany costumed for the spectacular Egyptian Fête he staged at the Tiffany Studios in 1913.