Front door to the Henry O. Havemeyer house, New York (one of a pair)

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One of a pair of doors that formed an arched entryway. In the upper two thirds of the door are opalescent square glass "coffers" in an arched composition that corresponds to the silhouette of the doors. The interior-facing side of the doors include curvilinear lead caming, inset with medium-sized beach stones, that frame the glass "coffers". The exterior-facing side of the doors has the "coffers" framed by patinated copper sheeting.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
The doors from the Havemeyer house present different aspects: on the inside the warm wood tones and stones (traditionally thought to have come from beaches in Long Island and given to Tiffany to incorporate in the doors by Louisine Havemeyer) are lighter and more personal than the copper exterior of the doors. The exterior is darker and conveys the image of strength and security.
University purchase 1930, transferred to the Museum of Art, 1986.146.3A
Wednesday, December 1, 2021