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Ayer Mansion Windows

Artist:

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Location:

395 Commonwealth Ave.  

Location

395 Commonwealth Ave.
United States
42° 20' 57.4548" N, 71° 5' 25.08" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Mosaic and stained glass

Year:

1899

Medium:

Mosaic and stained glass

Collection:

Private property (Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center)

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

At first glance, the Ayer Mansion seems to be a typical Back Bay residence. Look more closely, though, and you can see unique elements decorating the mansion’s façade. Both inside and outside, the Ayer Mansion is ornamented with colorful mosaics and windows created by the famed interior designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is one of only three houses known to contain Tiffany’s interior designs in their original site.

Although Tiffany is known as a quintessential American artist, he looked to many other cultures for inspiration for his work. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa and developed a particular interest in Moorish and Islamic art. The designs Tiffany would create throughout his career combine centuries-old motifs and techniques with unique innovations. For instance, Tiffany developed new methods of making glass, and he found that placing foil behind his glass mosaics would make them reflect more light and deepen their color.

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