May 2016 Newsletter:
This month’s newsletter is about Tiffany as Wearable Art; and what better resource of beautiful designs could there be than the stained glass works produced from the Louis Comfort Tiffany art studios? His decorative patterns adapt so successfully to fabrics as wearable art. I present one of these items of wearable art; a Tiffany Peony Neckerchief. See photos and text in the Article section below.
If you are in the market for a spectacular stained glass shade to set off your interiors, look no further. In keeping with this month’s theme, featured is our dynamic adaptation of Tiffany’s Elaborate Peony shade. See details below.
FEATURED ITEM: Peony Lamp
Colors of flame orange, taupe, salmon, green and turquoise stand out in this rich composition of large peony flowers. Peonies are a ... [read more]
ARTICLE : TIFFANY as WEARABLE ART – the PEONY NECKERCHIEF
A few years back a friend of mine was in New York and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She bought me a souvenir from the museum’s gift shop; a brightly colored neckerchief. It is a beautifully printed adaptation of Tiffany’s Elaborate Peony shade. This little square of illustrated silk is truly an item of wearable art.
The Peony Neckerchief
The Peony Neckerchief is based on Tiffany’s Elaborate Peony lamp designed by his chief artist, Clara Driscoll, and introduced to his clientele circa 1900s. The neckerchief successfully captures the essence of the energy and composition of this shade. For examples: the shade’s pattern is comprised of many large peony blossoms and buds. They are dense on the top and less so on the bottom. Around the bottom of the shade there is a narrow apron with two geometric rows of border that bind stems, leafs and flower fragments between them.
Tiffany Elaborate Peony table lamp c. 1905
Likewise, the Peony Neckerchief pattern is crowded in the center with many large peony blossoms and buds; and its square edges are outlined by two geometric borders that also bind stems and flower fragments, just as on the shade.
The rich colors of the scarf are drawn from Tiffany’s Ruby Red Elaborate Peony shade. The stems and foliage in mottled greens are set against a beautiful slate blue background. The shade's single motif repeats three times around its circumference, while the Peony Neckerchief repeats the motif twice.
Red Peony Neckerchief
The fashionable “Miss Moo”
As its tag says, The Peony Neckerchief is made in Japan exclusively for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is 100% silk and measures 21” square.
It can be worn around the neck as a dressy accessory; or imaginatively used for other decorative purposes;
perhaps in the home as a table scarf underneath a vase of flowers;
or, if the neckerchief were hung on glass, it would look like a stained glass window. I love wearing my beautiful neckerchief.
Stained Glass Window
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Store; store.metmuseum.org advertises that it sells fine gifts reproduced from original art shown from their collections including jewelry, home décor, stationary, books, posters, apparel, etc. Under Apparel and Accessories, they offer scarves and shawls, jackets, ties, umbrellas, etc.
If ever you are in New York City, I hope you have time to visit this treasure of a museum and bring home a souvenir from its wonderful gift store.
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Store
Note of Interest: To read more about the Tiffany Peony shade, check out this article from the Telegraph. A more recent auction value of a Tiffany Elaborate Peony Lamp is between $650,000 to $900,000.