Updated May 8, 2019.
Do you like Tiffany glass? A major collection of Tiffany had been collected by one man and housed in a specially-built museum in Japan. With the earthquake and tsunmai a few years ago, he decided this wasn’t the best place for such and extensive collection, so he decided to auction it off.
The auctioneer was in Alameda CA not far from me. On Saturday morning my son and I went to see the preview. It was amazing — stuff Louis Comfort Tiffany owned, plates, windows, lamps, vases, desk sets, and tons of other stuff.
In the highlights click on a thumbnail to see a larger picture.
Lamps were a big part of the auction and each had it’s own lovely blown glass finial. If you want to learn more about Tiffany lamps, check out this Wikipedia article. Wikipedia also has an article about Louis Comfort Tiffany himself. It has lots of links as well as pictures of his windows. The Morse Museum also has a biography along with links to pictures of parts of their collection.
I’m very lucky that I have been able to see some Tiffany windows as well. My church in Annapolis when I was in college had a lovely Tiffany window of St. Ann teaching the Virgin. I would always sit where I could see it. It’s the window on this page. Close to home these days, the church on Mare island, St. Peter’s, has the largest collection of Tiffany windows in the West. You can learn about them here.
To bring this all back to needlepoint, I developed my clumping technique using overdyed threads, pictured above, to mimic in stitching Tiffany’s glass techniques. It’s easy to do and you can learn how in this post.