Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
Founded by early Tiffany collectors Egon and Hildegard Neustadt, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is a private foundation based in Queens. Since 1995 the foundation has partnered with the Queens Museum to exhibit and present its collection of Tiffany lamps, windows, metalwork, and ephemera, as well as an immense one-of-a-kind archive of Tiffany flat and pressed-glass “jewels” leftover from Tiffany’s nearby Corona, Queens, studios when they closed in the late 1930s.
The Neustadt Collection Gallery has relocated to the new wing of the Queens Museum and inaugurates the gallery with the exhibition Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios as well as a permanent display of other Tiffany designs.
Shade Garden features 20 lamps exploring Tiffany’s masterful translation of nature into glass. Lamps of all shapes and sizes reveal the extraordinary artistry required to accurately portray complicated blossom shapes and the unruly growth patterns of flowers as well as their nuances of color and texture. Lampshades adorned with profusions of wisteria, peonies, pond lilies, and poppies—some of the most beloved and iconic Tiffany motifs —are included in Shade Garden, which will be on view for two years.
Supplementing Shade Garden is an educational model demonstrating the labor-intensive process of making a leaded-glass lampshade. It includes original Tiffany Studios, as well as a large photomural of the Tiffany Shade Department, and an extensive selection of original Tiffany sheet glass. A film capturing the process of selecting, cutting and soldering the individual pieces of glass in the lampshade also accompanies the model.
The permanent displays in the Gallery highlight the Neustadts’ pioneering collecting vision and various aspects of Louis C. Tiffany’s career, with a special look at his award-winning participation in world’s fairs. The section on Tiffany is particularly noteworthy because it examines, for the first time, Tiffany’s presence in Corona where he maintained busy studios, extensive glass furnaces, and a large bronze foundry. The display includes period photos of the studios and workshops and also features stories of some of the people who worked for Tiffany. Family members of Tiffany employees have loaned never-before-seen photographs, original tools, and objects from their personal collections. Special consideration is also given to the women of the Tiffany Studios.