Balustrade from the third floor stairwell of the Henry O. Havemeyer house

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Gilt metal balustrade fragment from staircase in Havemeyer house. Vertical rods alternate with S-shaped metal design with milky opalescent "commas" in the "S". These alternating elements are held together with soft metal joins; the glass pieces are set loosely in their metal mounts.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
One of the aspects of this work (and with several other Havemeyer pieces) was the integration of handmade deluxe components with prefabricated, machine-made elements. The glass "commas" are set in a metal armature that includes manufactured components.
University purchase 1930, transferred to the Museum of Art
Saturday, March 24, 2018