According to Tessa Paul, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Exeter Books, 1987, p. 41, Charles Tiffany bought an apartment block on 72nd Street at Madison Avenue, for his adult children and their families to live in. His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, was in charge of the design and decoration of the home in the 1880's. Louis lived in a suite, which was made up of a studio and penthouse apartment, in the house for awhile.
The Studio. Oriental rugs, many light fixtures, and the large fireplace (see below) are featured.
The Fireplace in the Studio. According to Tessa Paul, The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Exeter Books, 1987, p. 41, Louis Comfort Tiffany likened the chimney piece to "the bole of a great tree."
Dining Room. The dining room features much china, etc. on the mantle piece and hanging on the walls.
Mantel in the Upper Hall. The mantel was described in 1897 as "oriental in treatment, and certainly it is oriental in the luxurious comfort expressed by the cushioned benches and easy chairs about it."
First three photographs from Harry W. Desmond and Herbert Croly, Stately Homes in America: From Colonial Times to the Present Day, D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1903; fourth photograph from "Home Decoration: The Mantel," The Puritan: A Journal for Gentlewomen, June 1897, pp. 210-211. Digital editing of all images by Sarah E. Mitchell. Text by Sarah E. Mitchell unless otherwise noted.
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