L.C. Tiffany’s Daffodil Columns

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#🌼 In 1902, the same year he incorporated his growing company as Tiffany Studios, Louis Comfort Tiffany began construction on Laurelton Hall. The 84-room, 8-level country house was located on a 580-acre estate on Long Island, which also featured conservatories, stables and 60-acres of gardens. – The Daffodil Terrace was added to Laurelton Hall in 1915 or 1916. Located off of the dining room, this outdoor space was framed with eight slender columns made of Carrara marble. The concrete capitals of these columns were encrusted with cast- and cut-glass daffodils. These fantastic capitals were the result of years of thought and experimentation by Tiffany. – The artist integrated floral column capitals into the architecture of Lauralton Hall at least a decade before he added the Daffodil Terrace – the most notable early examples were the floral capitals decorating the south garden entrance, where bands of ceramic poppy, peony, lotus and magnolia blossoms crown long and elegant stems. These are the capitals that visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York see on view in the American Wing. – When the house was built Tiffany used at least three different versions of daffodil column capitals on the mansion’s south façade, including a single mold, all-concrete version, and two more-developed glass and concrete versions. The use of yellow glass in these two variants yielded a richer and more natural appearance through its contrast with the blossom’s green concrete stems. – A decade later Tiffany surpassed the light effects and natural qualities of those earlier daffodil capitals when he created the Daffodil Terrace. His final versions were the most complex: he continued to use yellow molded glass to form the blossoms, but upgraded to a 12-part mold to form each petal and stamen individually. He then finished each piece in enamel of various colors so that unlike in the previous versions each blossom was unique. In addition, he varied the location of the blossoms on the capital further to individualize them. • #morsemuseum #louiscomforttiffany #tiffany #daffodils #americanart #decorativeart #castglass #columns #naturalism #artnouveau #glassart #tiffanystudios

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