Discovering Tiffany: The McKeans, The Morse, and Me
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Lillian Nassau, LLC, New York City
Eric Silver—director of the renowned New York gallery Lillian Nassau LLC, which specializes in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany—concludes the Museum’s 2017 lecture series with a talk that includes his memories of Hugh and Jeannette McKean, who together assembled the Morse collection over a period of five decades. Silver, also a longtime appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, worked at the Morse in 1973. The native New Yorker will recount his time with the McKeans and discuss the surge of public interest in Tiffany since he first became aware of the artist as a graduate student at New York University in 1970.
Silver joined the Lillian Nassau gallery in 2002. He has also worked for William Doyle Galleries in New York City, where he was a senior vice president and director of 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts and at Sotheby’s, where he was the expert in charge of 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts. For many years, he was a private dealer in 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts and American sculpture.
Silver received a B.A. in art history from Queens College of the City University of New York and an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Mr. Silver has been with Antiques Roadshow since its first show in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1995.