"Collecting Inspiration" by Medill Higgins Harvey

Collecting Inspiration Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. Medill Higgins Harvey

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
13 Jul 2021
ISBN:
9781588396907
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
304 pages: 279 x 241mm
Illustrations:
289 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

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Edward C. Moore (1827–1891) was the creative leader who brought unparalleled originality and success to Tiffany & Co. during the late 19th century. A silversmith, designer, and prodigious collector, Moore sought out exceptional objects from around the world, which he then used as inspiration for Tiffany’s silver designs. This richly illustrated book is the first study of Moore’s life, collection, and influence, presenting 175 works ranging from Greek and Roman glass to Spanish vases, Japanese textiles, and Islamic tiles. These works are juxtaposed with 69 magnificent silver objects created by Tiffany’s designers and artisans who were inspired by Moore’s acquisitions, including the world-famous Bryant Vase, which draws upon Greek examples, and a chocolate pot incorporating novel techniques influenced by Japanese ceramics and lacquerware. Informative essays are enriched by new research from the Tiffany & Co. archives that provides an intimate look at the design process. Collecting Inspiration is an important contribution both to the history of American decorative arts and to our understanding of the legendary Tiffany design aesthetic.

Medill Higgins Harvey is associate curator of American decorative arts and manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art in The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.