View of Oyster Bay


Printed vinyl with a cushioned back. Made in the USA.
3′ x 3’6″


This breathtaking window was designed for the William C. Skinner house in New York City. According to the Morse Museum, “View of Oyster Bay is a particularly splendid example of the art and craft of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s leaded glass. One looks through a trellis hung with lush, deeply-colored wisteria vines to a serene, sun-dappled bay and a glorious sky. The vines are resplendent with magnificent blue blossoms and intricately composed leaves in variegated greens and yellows. The heavy, black metal lines of the window’s trellis serve not only to hold the window together structurally, but also by their proportion and composition to stabilize the asymmetrical nature of the illusory three-dimensional space Tiffany has created with colored glass.” On long term loan to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City from The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.

Louis C. Tiffany(1848–1933), one of the most creative and prolific designers of the late 19th-century, declared that his life-long goal was “the pursuit of beauty.” Originally trained as a painter, he began studying the chemistry and techniques of glassmaking when he was 24. He developed this interest as a partner in the firm of Louis C. Tiffany and Company, Associated Artists (1881–83). He provided innovative interior decoration for clients ranging from Mark Twain in Hartford, Connecticut, to President Chester Arthur at the White House. Tiffany’s aesthetic was based on his conviction that nature should be the primary source of design inspiration. Intoxicated by color, he translated into glass the lush palette found in flowers and plants.

Tiffany successfully created an art industry. He triumphed where others had failed because his personal fortune allowed him to sacrifice company profits in the interests of artistic achievement. In addition, he provided an extraordinary range of products, so that consumers at almost every economic level had access to his religion of beauty.