Deep inside an industrial neighborhood in New York City is an ordinary building containing an extraordinary treasure. It is the home of The Neustadt Tiffany Glass Archive. It holds the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass, with almost 250,000 pieces of all shapes and sizes.

Stained glass has been produced for centuries. In the late 19th century American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany turned from painting to working with stained glass. He designed windows for homes and other buildings. The style became very popular.

Tiffany also made other stained glass objects, including lampsThe deep, rich colored glass would shine when the lamp was lit. The lamps became a major part of the Art Nouveau period of design, between about 1890 and 1930.

Tiffany became the first director of design at his father’s now very famous jewelry store in New York City, Tiffany, and Company.

Louis Tiffany designed several rooms in The White House and included stained glass. In 1911, he created a huge glass curtain for the main theater in Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts. Tiffany reportedly used one million pieces of glass in the work. It is considered his masterpiece.

A love for Tiffany glass

The Neustadts began to build a collection of more than 200 Tiffany light covers - each one a different flower or bird.

Later, when Tiffany’s closed down its glass factory, the Neustadts bought large pieces of colored glass at the factory.

Lindsy Parrott is the director of the collection.

"The thing that's really important about The Neustadts Tiffany Glass Archive is that it documents this unbelievable chapter in the history of stained glass."

Tiffany's factory was in the New York City area of Queens. The building containing the Tiffany Glass Archive will open for visitors later this year. There are pieces of wavy blue glass representing water, drapery glass that looks like flowing fabric and small glass jewels among the pieces.

The Neustadt Gallery will share some of these glass treasures in a show at the Queens Museum, beginning October 7.

Exercise 1

Vocabulary

Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.

 

industrial (adj.) /ɪnˈdʌs.tri.əl/ - in or related to industry, or having a lot of industry and factories, etc.

 

  • The fund provides money to clean up chemically polluted industrial sites.

stained (glass) (n.phrase) /ˌsteɪnd ˈɡlɑːs/ - coloured glass used to form decorative or pictorial designs, typically by setting contrasting pieces in a lead framework like a mosaic and used for church windows

 

  • Look at this amazing stained glass.

masterpiece (n.) /ˈmæs.tɚ.piːs/ - a work of art such as a painting, film, or book that is made with great skill

 

  • Leonardo's "Last Supper" is widely regarded as a masterpiece.

chapter (n.) /ˈtʃæp.tɚ/ - a period that is part of a larger amount of time during which something happens

 

  • The period before the revolution is an interesting chapter in British history.

drapery (n.) /ˈdreɪ.pɚ.i/ - cloth hanging or arranged in folds

 

  • The room beyond was cozy, lit by three lamps and heavy with dark blue drapery.

fabric (n.) /ˈfæb.rɪk/ - cloth or material for making clothes, covering furniture, etc.

 

  • This fabric is similar to wool, only cheaper.

 

 

Exercise 2

Questions

Answer these questions about the article.

 

1. What objects were made out of stained glass?

2. Where did Louis Tiffany design the rooms?

3. What does Tiffany's factory building contain?

4. When will it be open for the visitors?

 

 

 

Exercise 3

Make a sentence.

Make sentences using these words.

chapter; fabric; masterpiece; industrial; stained glass

 

 

Exercise 4

Discussion

Have a discussion on following questions.

 

1. What do you think about this collection? Would you like to see it?

2. Why do you think Tiffany is so famous and popular?

3. Do you like wearing jewelry? What kinds of jewelry do you like to wear?

4. 'A piece of jewelry is often a piece of art. But it only becomes valuable when emotions are added to it’  - What do you think about this statement? Do you agree with it?

Source

This lesson is based on a news article originally published by Voice of America.