Concord Street Door

Lots of red in this cute little house in Brooklyn, New York. A red door, red shutters and trim and a tiny old red electric car. Photographed by Marc Felix.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors January 26, 2017

167 Concord Street, Brooklyn

167 Concord Street, Brooklyn 1/17/2017

167 Concord Street, Brooklyn
167 Concord Street, Brooklyn 1/17/2017
167 Concord Street, Brooklyn
167 Concord Street, Brooklyn 1/17/2017
167 Concord Street, Brooklyn 1/17/2017
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Concord Street, Brooklyn
167 Concord Street, Brooklyn 1/17/2017

Tiffany Roman Style

This series of photos taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, shows the similarities between old oxidized Roman glass and Tiffany glass. This is no accident. Tiffany studied Roman glass and loved the iridescence in it and recreated the effects in his work.

Roman glass:

Roman glass composite, Met 1/12/2017
Roman glass composite, Met 1/12/2017

Tiffany glass:

Photographs below courtesy of the Met except for the last one by me.

Louis Comfort Tiffany 1848-1933, son of a prominent New York jeweler, studied art in New York and later in Paris. While in France, he met Emile Galle who was producing art glass in Nancy. Tiffany was influenced by the Art Nouveau, Japanese prints, Middle Eastern art, and ancient Roman pottery.

Upon returning to America, Tiffany continued painting and was also involved in decorative arts. In 1875, he founded Louis Comfort Tiffany and patented his first glass-lustering technique in 1881. Favrile glass, the trademark for Tiffany handmade glass, resulted from these experiments in imitating Roman glass. This lustering technique, with its iridescent effect, involved dissolving salts of metallic oxides in the molten glass, creating soft greens, blues, golds, etc. The metallic content was then brought to the surface by subjecting the glass to a reducing flame and spraying with another chloride. This treatment caused the surface to crackle into a profusion of tiny lines that refracted light.

Tiffany retired in 1918. Nash carried on the business. In 1928, L.C. Tiffany severed all connection with the firm, withdrawing permission to use his name.

I used some of the Roman glass to create this:

Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014
Yellowthroat in an Iridescencent Universe 1/24/2014

Fifth Avenue Doors

I was told that my parents had their honeymoon at the Sherry Netherlands at 781 5th  Avenue while my father was on leave during WWII (first two pictures). During WWII some hotels offered free stays to soldiers on leave. Coincidentally, Sherry is my name. My mother says my name wasn’t chosen because of the hotel. It may have been a subliminal choice.

For Norm’s Thursday Doors January 5, 2017

History of The Sherry.

Sherry Netherlands, 12/31/2016
Sherry Netherlands, 12/31/2016
Sherry Netherlands, 12/31/2016
Sherry Netherlands, 12/31/2016

The old Plaza Hotel, famed for the children’s books about Eloise, is across the street at 59th Street and 5th Avenue. Next to the Plaza is Bergdorf Goodman.

Plaza, 12/31/2016
Plaza, 12/31/2016
Plaza, 12/31/2016
Plaza, 12/31/2016
Bergdorf Goodman, 12/31/2016
Bergdorf Goodman, 12/31/2016