Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

Season of Light Scavenger Hunt

Fri, November 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am - Sun, December 1st, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Friday – Sunday, November 29 – December 1, All day

Families will seek out images of light throughout the New-York Historical Society in this seasonal scavenger hunt. From New-York Historical's Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps to the treasures of Shearith Israel, find examples of light used for both decoration and symbolism.
 

Cigar box

Object name 
Cigar box
Date 
1930
Medium 
Silver
Description 
This lavish box, an example of Tiffany & Co’s “Special Hand Work,” was presented to discerning cigar smoker Al Smith, the self-made New York politician who ascended from the Lower East Side to four terms as governor of the State of New York.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase
Object Number 
2004.49
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pitcher

Object name 
Pitcher
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Silver
Description 
An early retailer of luxury goods, Tiffany, Young & Ellis offered patrons a wide assortment of stylish table silver, including this Asian-inspired water pitcher. The firm began retailing silver made by others around 1847 and contracted its own silver manufacture starting in 1851.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Presented in memory of Cruger Delafield Grosbeck Fowler by Mrs. Cruger D. G. Fowler and Family
Object Number 
1983.7
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Ice cream dish

Object name 
Ice cream dish
Date 
1877-1878
Medium 
Silver
Description 
Embodying the extravagant excess of the Gilded Age, this exotic ice cream dish was part of a 1,250-piece dinner service commissioned from Tiffany & Co. by “silver king” John W. Mackay (1831-1902) for his wife, Marie Louise Hungerford Mackay (1843-1928).
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mr. John Mackay
Object Number 
1980.14
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)

Object name 
Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)
Date 
1840
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Description 
Charles L. Tiffany founded the famous silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. in 1837. The business began as a small stationery and gift shop, Tiffany and Young. This portrait depicts the young entrepreneur in 1840, before his firm became a major retailer of fine silver.
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Comfort Tiffany Gilder
Object Number 
1948.393
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Luce Center

Ongoing

The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will be closed for renovations from August 31, 2014 through December 2016. Please check back in the fall for details of our exciting new galleries and installations.
 
The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on the fourth floor provides public access to nearly 40,000 objects from the New-York Historical Society’s permanent collection. In the Luce Center, visitors can see art and artifacts spanning four centuries, ranging from masterworks of American painting, to the nation’s premiere collection of Tiffany lamps, to historical touchstones such as the draft wheel that played a role in one of the worst urban riots in United States history. 

The Luce Center houses collections formerly kept in offsite storage. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at a working museum collection. In addition to a rich array of objects, small focus exhibitions highlight specific strengths of the collection and offer a historical context for current cultural, economic, political and social issues. Free handheld guides and cell phone tours allow visitors to hear the stories behind the objects on view.

Welcome Home, Al

Jul 1 2005 - Sep 11 2005

This presentation features an elaborate sterling silver humidor by Tiffany & Co., presented to four-time New York governor and presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith in 1930.

A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

A New Light on Tiffany presents groundbreaking research revealing the many women who played a crucial role in the design and creation of Tiffany Studios’ masterpieces, in particular, Clara Driscoll (1861–1944), head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department. Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios at the turn of the century, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy, as well as numerous other objects made with glass, bronze and mosaic. In addition to designing, Driscoll managed a large department of young women, known as the “Tiffany Girls,” who specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades and mosaics.
 

Tiffany Studios (1902-1932), Dragonfly Table lamp, c. 1900-1906. Glass, bronze. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt, N84.113

The exhibition includes approximately sixty Tiffany lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels and ceramics designed by Clara Driscoll and other women at Tiffany Studios, as well as numerous objects made under her direction. Supplementary archival material documents the activities at Tiffany Studios and sheds light on Driscoll’s experience as a New York working woman at the turn of the century.

 

Allure of the East: Orientalism in New York, 1850–1930

Apr 11 2008 - Aug 17 2008

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

Advertising poster for Murad Turkish Cigarettes, ca. 1890-1910. The New-York Historical Society Library, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

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Teaser: 

The New-York Historical Society Museum collection numbers over 60,000 objects, including works of art and artifacts spanning four centuries. Among its holdings are particularly rich and diverse collections that illuminate the historical and cultural life of New York City and the nation.

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