Posted by on Jul 9, 2011 in Art, Beauty, Biltmore trip, Favorite things, Personal, Southern, y'all | 16 comments

50782-Tiffany-at-Biltmore-Logo-original When I think of Tiffany's, there's a confluence of three simultaneous thoughts:

  1. Audrey Hepburn and "Breakfast at…"
  2. Little blue boxes
  3. Beautiful stained glass lamps

When I think of Biltmore Estate, there's another three-tiered thought parade:

  1. My honeymoon in Asheville, NC (a beautiful Southern city with a thriving arts community and a profusion of field-to-table, chef-owned, beyond-scrumptious restaurants).
  2. Lavish gardens, blooming in four Seasons, floral Southern living at its best.
  3. The Biltmore House, the largest private residence in America, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau.

But when you put "Tiffany" and "Biltmore" together, you can expect special … unforgettable … masterpiece. 

Now through October, the Biltmore Legacy is hosting  The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in the Antler Hill Village; an exhibit of 45 lamps and peripheral items created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and The Tiffany Studios, free with Estate admission.

My husband and I made a quick trip to the Biltmore Estate over the July Fourth holiday, and while the fireworks at the Inn that night were spectacular, the exhibit's Tiffany lamps were the true show stoppers–softly glowing illuminated masterpieces, every. single. one. of. them.   

Succinctly put, the Tiffany exhibit is excellent–informative, interesting and accessible.  The companion content is easy to read and just the right amount of information.

Observers can learn about the process of creating a Tiffany lamp

Flat and pressed glass pieces used for Tiffany lamps

Materials for making a Tiffany lamp
Tiffany lamp making process

Artisans creating Tiffany lampshades

Tiffany and company channeled inspiration from nature; floral motifs and dragonflies dominate

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Tiffany Poinsettia lamp
Daffodil Tiffany lamp

 

 

Some designs depict wildlife–

Tiffany peacock lamp

 

…and others Still Life…

Tiffany grape lamp Tiffany lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And sometimes simple is more than enough…. I love the cozy, pleated "curtain" look of this shade.

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And the next two have me thinkin' of Monet and his waterlilies….

Globe Tiffany lamp

Waterlilies on Tiffany shade 

Tiffany lamp screen, moth I couldn't choose a favorite if I tried–and I did try.  This lamp tried hard to win first place with its accompanying moth lamp screen; an accessory Tiffany created to help shield glare from early light bulbs.  Isn't it darling?

 

Tiffany peony reading lamp with moth screen

Robin and Tad at the Tiffany exhibit at Antler Village If you're interested in seeing and reading more, please check out the rest of my Flickr set from our Biltmore trip.  

And if you have some time between now and October 23, I encourage you to beat the Summer heat and visit Asheville, NC, with a stop at Biltmore Estate; The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass exhibit is included at no additional charge.

 

Warm thanks to my Biltmore friends for putting us up for the night at the fabulous Inn at Biltmore.  Though they provided a gorgeous complimentary night's stay, I hope it's obvious my enthusiasm for this exhibit rests solely on it's own fabulosity!