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Margaret Stetz, University of Delaware

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light Lecture Series

"Bookfest at Tiffany’s"

Tuesday, October 6

6:00 pm, Copeland

The iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Truman Capote's 1958 novel, on which it was based, was just the start of writers using Tiffany’s as an iconic subject. Citing recent works and historical novels, Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Delaware, explores the story of how the world of Tiffany inhabits our imaginations. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.

Education stained-glass window (detail), Linsley-Chittenden Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, 1890. Photograph by Josh Probert.
Benjamin Macklowe, photo by Eric Jukelevics
Daphne Lingon

“What Makes a Tiffany Window a Tiffany?”

Thursday, October 8

12:15–1:15 pm, Rotunda

Join Josh Probert, Ph.D., independent historical consultant, for an overview of Tiffany stained-glass windows from 1877 to 1932, including a discussion of their manufacture, cost, and cultural meanings. Members free. Included with admission. Students free with valid ID.


“Today’s Tiffany Market: Understanding Current Trends, Values, and Authenticity”

Tuesday, October 20

6:00 pm, Copeland

Benjamin Macklowe, president of Macklowe Gallery, offers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s art glass and lamps and how values and trends have evolved over the last hundred years. Tiffany used exotic motifs, extraordinary color, and abstracted forms in his lamps and art glass to change the vocabulary of American design history. While the Tiffany Studios ceased production in 1933, the meticulous craftsmanship of every lamp and vase has turned each into its own timeless masterpiece. Citing numerous examples, Mr. Macklowe will show how Tiffany’s captivating past is related to the present market by exploring how values and trends have evolved over the last hundred years. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.


“Tiffany & Company: The Allure of America’s Jeweler”

Friday, October 30

1:00 pm, Copeland

Daphne Lingon, senior jewelry specialist at Christie’s Auction House, discusses the rich history of Tiffany & Co. and how it established itself as America’s jeweler and a major player on the international market. Members free. Included with admission. Students free with valid ID.


Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
Lindsy Parrott

“Unimaginable Splendors: The Art of Louis C. Tiffany”

Tuesday, November 3

6:00 pm, Copeland


A comprehensive look at the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), this lecture will illuminate one of America’s preeminent masters of the decorative arts. Tiffany embodied the artistic spirit of the Gilded Age. Best known for his prodigious achievements in glass, Tiffany’s artistic vision informed all aspects of his life in which he demonstrated a multitude of talents as architect, designer, and painter. Tiffany pursued an even wider range of media, including enamels, metalwork, textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.,  will shed light on the remarkable work of Tiffany Studios, illustrated with images drawn largely from The Metropolitan Museum’s outstanding collections. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.


“Unimaginable Splendors of Color: Tiffany’s Opalescent Glass”

Wednesday, December 2

6:00 pm, Copeland

Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. This was a radical concept at the turn of the century. It broke with the centuries-old tradition of stained glass, where images were painted onto the surface of the glass. Tiffany and his artisans created "translucent pictures" using the color, texture, pattern, and opacity of the glass itself. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy R. Parrott, director and curator, Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, New York City, explores the history of Tiffany’s glass and highlights some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Lecture admission includes admission to Yuletide Jazz & Wine  in the Galleries Reception Atrium on that evening. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.

Jeff Groff, Director of Public Programs


Lecture: “Back of the House and Beyond: The Millionaire Household, 1900‒1942”


Thursday, October 15

5:30–6:30 pm, Copeland

Are the lives of the fabulously wealthy so different from yours and mine? Indeed they are! Join us for an entertaining presentation by Director of Public Programs Jeff Groff as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of the lifestyles, houses, and estates of the country’s wealthiest families in the early 20th century. Usually the grand living and entertaining spaces are the focus, but now you can get a close-up view of everything from the bathrooms, kitchens, butler pantries, nurseries, and closets to the outlying garages, kennels, stables, pool houses, and even private zoos. Didn’t everyone travel by autogiro when visiting neighboring estates? This lively discussion is sure to enlighten as well as amuse. Members only. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes). Reservations required. Please e-mail tourinfo@winterthur.org or call 302.888.4600 for more information.

Courtesy Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Lecture: “Pride and Prejudice: The South and Southern Decorative Arts”

Tuesday, November 17

6:00 pm, Copeland

At the first Williamsburg Antiques Forum in 1949, Joseph Downs, then curator of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that “little furniture of artistic merit was ever produced south of Baltimore.” A southern matron asked politely but pointedly if Mr. Downs had spoken “out of prejudice or ignorance." The battle cry that went out from that conference spawned the landmark 1952 exhibition Furniture of the Old South, 1640–1820 at the Virginia Museum and a special issue of The Magazine Antiques dedicated to southern furniture. In 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, opened. This lecture with Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur, will examine the historiography of southern decorative arts research and the mythological perceptions that have pervaded our understanding of American material culture, both north and south. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.

State Dinner at Mount Vernon, July 1961, Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy with President of Pakistan Mohammad Ayub Khan and his daughter Begum Nasire Aurangzeb, courtesy John F. Kennedy Library

"From Winterthur to the White House: How H. F. du Pont and Jacqueline Kennedy Became Tastemakers to the Nation"

Sunday, November 22

1:00 pm, Copeland

In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy called upon Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont to serve as the chairman of her newly formed Fine Arts Committee for the White House. Together, they set upon an aggressive public and private campaign to transform the interiors of the president's house from department store dowdy to museum-quality showcases of American history and decorative arts. Their collaboration, and the immense popular appeal of Mrs. Kennedy's redecoration, sparked a national wave of interest in antiques and preservation and made the White House a model for historic houses all over the country. Elaine Rice Bachmann, coauthor of Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, will present this illustrated lecture. Drawing largely from the correspondence between Mr. du Pont and Mrs. Kennedy in the Winterthur Archives, this presentation provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what remains one of the most fascinating periods in White House history. Members only. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes). Students free with valid ID. Reservations required.

Baptismal wish for Stoffel Emrich, attributed to the Sussel-Washington Artist, Berks County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1771. Museum purchase with funds provided by Henry Francis du Pont 1958.120.15

A Colorful Folk Lecture and Gallery Walk

Thursday, October 15

12:15–1:15 pm, Rotunda

Join Lisa Minardi, curator of A Colorful Folk, for a special gallery walk highlighting new discoveries and the behind-the-scenes detective work that goes into researching objects for an exhibition. Members free. Included with admission. Students free with valid ID.

Walter Staib

"German & Pennsylvania German Foodways"

Saturday, November 14

1:00 pm, Copeland

An expert on 18th-century American foodways, come share Chef Walter Staib's, City Tavern, Philadelphia, passion for 18th-century cuisine. Staib will also share elements of his latest release, Black Forest Cuisine, which takes us on a mouth-watering tour of the culinary treasures found in his homeland of southwestern Germany, or Schwarzwald, known throughout Europe and beyond for its rich and internationally influenced cuisine. It's a top destination for gourmands from around the world! Staib is the driving force behind Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original 18th-century tavern. He is a top chef, restaurateur, consultant, and author. Walter Staib has made numerous appearances on local and national cooking shows and currently can be seen on the Emmy award-winning A Taste of History on PBS. Book signing to follow. Members free. $10 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID.

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