Art Deco & An American Dynasty: The Legacy of the House of Tiffany

Art Deco & An American Dynasty:
The Legacy of the House of Tiffany


When: Thursday, March 8, from 5:50 – 7:00  p.m.

Where: Macklowe Gallery
Where: 445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022


About the Event:

Current ADSNY members are invited for a special evening as we explore the Tiffany dynasty at Macklowe Gallery’s stunning new space.

Questions concerning the distinction between Tiffany & Co., established in 1837, and Tiffany Studios, created in 1900, have existed since the latter was established. Benjamin Macklowe, the President of Macklowe Gallery, will give us the real story behind these two iconic companies and the father/son duo that founded this American dynasty. In his illustrated talk, Macklowe will explore how the changing taste of the Art Deco period impacted each house, and why Tiffany & Co. was able to adapt and grow with these changing trends. This talk will explore the history of the businesses before, during, and after the Art Deco movement, as well as the innovative and talented men behind the House of Tiffany.

Highlights of the presentation will include:

  • The origin of Tiffany & Co., and how Charles Lewis Tiffany emerged as New York’s foremost jewelry and silver merchant–ultimately laying the foundation for the company to become a pioneer of design, quality, creativity, and commercial ideas.
  • How Louis Comfort Tiffany’s talent as an artist and trendsetter helped Tiffany Studios emerge at the pinnacle of the Modernist movement, using glass, gemstone, and enamel to celebrate nature and the art of exotic cultures.
  • The challenges inherent in keeping these businesses separate, though in collaboration, and why ultimately Louise Comfort Tiffany was forced to close down the furnaces at Tiffany Studios.
  • How Tiffany & Co emerged as The American Jeweler during the Art Deco era, from design innovation to social marketing.
  • How Tiffany & Co survived the Great Depression and positioned itself for America’s rebirth after World War II.

About the Speaker:

Benjamin Macklowe has appeared on television to discuss Tiffany lamps with Martha Stewart, lectured on the lamps and glassware of Louis Comfort Tiffany at Winterthur Museum and taught about Art Nouveau jewelry at Christie’s auction house and the 92nd Street Y. He has helped expand the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum, The Newark Museum, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, selling important decorative works of art and jewelry to add to these important collections.  Under his leadership, Macklowe Gallery has become one of the world’s most respected dealers of antique and estate jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany.



This event is only open to current ADSNY members.

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VIP: $75.00

  • This ticket level includes access to a special, pre-event preview and champagne reception, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m., in addition to one ticket to the Art Deco & An American Dynasty: The Legacy of the House of Tiffany lecture.

General Admission: $35.00

  • This ticket level is for one ticket to the Art Deco & An American Dynasty: The Legacy of the House of Tiffany lecture only. Doors will open for the lecture at exactly 5:50 p.m.

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