When visiting Lillian Nassau Gallery in New York City, we were always impressed by Tiffany Studio’s Autumn Folding Screen which they had on display. The gallery has since sold this masterpiece in glass and we decided to create a reproduction of this impressive creation.
Our first challenge was to create the metal framework that would support the glass panels. We were fortunate to find a local metalsmith who was able to work with us to create the hinged frame to our specifications at the exact size of the original screen. The 6′ tall welded steel framework is double-hinged and can be set up in a ‘C’ or ‘Z’ configuration and sits approximately 7′ in length when extended. The metalwork has been colored by hand to resemble a verdigris patina.
The detail photos show the variety of glasses used to re-create this impressive piece. Wispy, ripple, ring mottle and drapery glasses are all employed to show the bounty of Fall. There are some plated areas in the glass panels which add fullness to the background through the use of fracture glass. Taking inspiration from the original screen, the grape clusters are rendered in three dimensional half-round jewels, and each cluster has been plated to give them a depth of color.
Our screen was featured in the Spring 2007 ASID Design Showhouse in an interior designed by David Heide Design Studio. The photo below shows the screen in the sunroom of the showhouse. Our screen is currently available for purchase in our showroom.