Pottery Market at Nuremberg (Primary Title)
Pottery Market at Nuremberg (Primary Title)

Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, 1848 - 1933 (Artist)

1891
American
oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 23 × 28 1/8 in. (58.42 × 71.44 cm)
Framed: 33 1/2 × 38 7/8 in. (85.09 × 98.74 cm)
79.118

Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Tiffany and Company founder Charles Tiffany, launched his career in 1866 as a painter, studying with George Inness before training abroad in Paris. Following sojourns to Spain, North Africa, and the Near East, Tiffany returned to the United States in the early 1870s, when his attention shifted to decorative arts. By century’s end, the talented entrepreneur operated his own firms and enjoyed international fame as a top designer of leaded-glass windows and lamps as well as pottery, mosaics, jewelry, and furniture— for example, the striking trifold screen on view nearby.

Less known today are Tiffany’s paintings, which also reveal a fascination with various materials and surfaces. This German street scene depicts a vendor and her customers nearly enveloped by gleaming crockery and metalwork. Tiffany exhibited the painting at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

 

Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (Fig. 140, p. 233).

Revisiting the White City American Art at the 1893 World's Fair exhibition catalogue (Washington, DC: NNMA & National Portrait Gallery, 1993) p. 326, ill.

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