Louis Comfort Tiffany Grand Opening at Driehaus Museum

Richard H. Driehaus & Lise Dube-Scherr

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum hosted a special reception celebrating the inaugural exhibition “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From the Driehaus Collection” on Friday, September 27, at the Murphy Auditorium. Continually hosting the most elegant and distinguished fetes for its guests, the museum displayed four vintage cars parked outside the red carpet entrance setting the tone for the evening.

Following a reception of hors d’oeuvres and white wine (red wine is not allowed in the auditorium nor the museum) Museum Director Lise Dube-Scherr welcomed guests and introduced Richard H. Driehaus who talked about his exquisite collection of Tiffany treasures. Guests were then invited to walk to the museum via the auditorium to view the exhibition.

On display now through June 29, 2014 are 60 works by one of America’s most celebrated artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Mr. Tifffany’s career in art lasted for 50 years with The Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company and Tiffany Studios. Sixty works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his associated firms are on display throughout the second floor galleries of the Museum, including lamps, stained-glass windows, vases, metalwork and furnishings. All of the works are selected from the Driehaus Collection, one of the country’s significant private collections of Tiffany (1,500 pieces in total). BMO Harris Bank is the presenting sponsor along with supporting sponsor Sotheby’s. The Exhibition Team includes Curator David A. Hanks, Designer Jeff Daly and Director Lise Dube-Scherr.

Don’t forget to check out the Driehaus Museum store. With a grand opening this past July, the store features carefully selected items significant to the museum and the Gilded Age. All proceeds from the museum store benefit the continued restoration of the museum. Shop for books, stationery, tableware, jewelry, objects d’art, and more. The Monacelli Press published a book featuring the Tiffany exhibition with photographs by John Faier and designed by Abbott Miller, available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop ($40 for hard cover, $32.50 for paperback).

Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission and free for Museum members. General self-guided admission is $20 for adults, $12.50 for senior (65+), $10 for students with a valid I.D. and youth (6-12 years); children ages five years and younger are free. Guided tours and an Acoustiguide audio tour of the Museum and exhibition will be available for $5 in addition to general admission.

Tiffany Reception; Michael Monar Photographs

Tiffany Collection; John Faier Photographs, copyrighted Driehaus Museum

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