Chicago: Tiffany exhibition at Driehaus Museum extended to January

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Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works have lost none of their luster over time. An exhibition of 60 stained-glass lamps, vases and other Tiffany treasures at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago has been extended through the end of the year.

Four items, such as Spiderweb and Poppy Filigree lamps, have been added to “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From the Driehaus Collection,” an inaugural show that opened last September at the mansion-turned-museum.

Tiffany, son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, who founded the famed jewelry store, worked in many media, including glass, metal, ceramic and paintings. He’s known too for the remarkable colors and riffs on nature that define his work -- lilies, roses, berries, leaves, all captured in stained glass.


Many of the pieces in the exhibition were collected by museum founder Richard Driehaus.

The show is installed on the second floor in what were at one time bedrooms in the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. (Visitors will find decorative pieces and preserved living quarters on the first floor.)

In addition, the museum is offering extra programs about Tiffany and his career. “Tiffany Girls” Studio Tours present a living history account of the women behind the glass cutting for the marvelous creations. Clara Driscoll, whose life was fictionalized in the novel “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” “leads” the tour that includes showing how glass was selected and cut.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with extended hours on first and third Tuesdays until 8 p.m. It is at 40 E. Erie St. The show continues through Jan. 4.

Info: Richard H. Driehaus Museum, (312) 482-8933, Ext. 21