January 17 - April 16, 2006
The 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition has been described as the third most important event in American History. The aim of the Exposition was to demonstrate to the world that America had become the most highly evolved culture in history, not only technologically superior but aesthetically mature. The Exposition was officially dedicated in 1892 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the "New World." Though only open for six months, the Exposition was so successful that it enjoyed a total attendance equal to nearly half the population of the United States.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893.
Among the Exposition's many exhibitors, Tiffany & Co. stands out for the quality and originality in design of the silver objects shown at the Exposition. The objects exhibited by Tiffany & Co. at the Exposition were highly prized by collectors then and remain so into the 21st Century. This exhibit will be the first time many of the important silver objects exhibited at the Columbian Exposition have been seen together since 1893, many of the pieces will be exhibited alongside their original design drawings. This exhibit will be open January 17th through April 16th of 2006 at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.
A 156-page catalogue raisonné, written by Flagler Museum Director, John Blades, and Tiffany Design Director, John Loring, will be published in conjunction with this exhibition. The catalogue will include essays about the World’s Columbian Exposition, Whitehall’s connection to the Exposition and Tiffany & Co., and the Tiffany exhibit at the Exposition. In addition the catalogue will include, a facsimile print of a contemporary account of the Tiffany & Co. exhibit at the Exposition; a translation by John Loring of a contemporary account of the Tiffany & Co. exhibit written in French by the world’s authority on jewelry design at the time; a table listing all the objects made by Tiffany & Co. for the exposition, including a thumbnail image of each of the major objects, a description of each of the major objects, and the current owner or location of each object; and an index to the catalogue of names and terms.