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Discovering Tiffany: The McKeans, The Morse, and Me

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

2:30 pm

Eric Silver
Lillian Nassau, LLC, New York City

Even though it was only 40 years ago, the interest in the work of Louis Comfort was far from what is now.  As a graduate student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, he became aware of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and even began collecting in this area himself. The McKeans were pioneer collectors and the idea of being involved in their collection and the Morse was exciting.

Mr. Silver will discuss his relationship with the McKeans and the Morse Museum and the primary research that he was undertaking to build a scholarly foundation for exhibitions and publications on the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. He will discuss the state of academic interest at that time and how attitudes have dramatically changed since then. The growth of not only the market for this material but also the scholarly interest and the numerous museum exhibitions over these 40 years will be covered in his personal recollections.

  • Eric Silver
  • Eric Silver