"Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Art" Exhibition

Queens Museum of Art

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Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933) was one of the foremost decorative artists of his time. His father, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was the co-founder of Tiffany & Company, the luxury retailer best known for fine silver and jewelry. At an early age Tiffany was exposed to superbly-designed and expertly-crafted objets d’art, undoubtedly stimulating his love and appreciation for exceptional objects and setting him on a self-proclaimed “quest for beauty.”

Tiffany began his career as a landscape painter but eventually branched out into interior design and the decorative arts. Over the years he formed a number of companies in both Manhattan and Queens that manufactured leaded-glass windows, lamps, mosaics, glassware, enamels, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, and textiles. These works were available at his Manhattan showroom and in fine retail and jewelry stores throughout the United States and Europe.

Tiffany embarked on the production of lamps in the early 1890s. Although the light bulb was patented in 1879, electricity was not widely available until shortly after the turn of the century and even then only the wealthy could afford it. Tiffany’s earliest lamps, made of blown glass or leaded-glass and bronze, were fueled by kerosene. As electric light became affordable and gained popularity, Tiffany began offering his clients the choice of either oil or electric lamps.

One of the earliest serious collectors of Tiffany lamps, Dr. Neustadt assembled an encyclopedic collection which included desk, reading, library, and floor lamps as well as hanging shades and chandeliers. He also added leaded-glass windows and bronze desk sets to his collection. In 1967, he acquired some 500 crates of sheet and pressed glass made and used by the Tiffany Studios which were left over after the company went bankrupt in the early 1930s.



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Suggested donations: Adults $5, Seniors and Children $2.50, Members and Children under 5 Free

Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 18:00
saturdays opening at 12:00, sundays opening at 12:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Holidays
Note:Closed Monday & Tuesday With the exception of Learning Programs & Workshops. Also closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.


Address: Queens Museum of Art, Meridian Rd., Flushing, NY 11368
Phone: 718-592-9700

Ten-minute walk through the park to the Unisphere, where the museum is located. Follow the yellow signs. Subway: 7 to Willets Point/Shea Stadium

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