Through the lens of magnificent works by Faberge, Tiffany, and Lalique, this fully illustrated lecture will explore the dynamic world of luxurious design presented at world’s fairs at the turn of the 20th century, especially the years leading up to and following the landmark 1900 world's fair in Paris. During this era of social and political contrasts, a new vocabulary of design emerged to provide an alternative to the relentless historicism which had characterized the Victorian era. Currents of early modernism favored by those on the avant-garde fringe could be seen alongside the familiar conservative good taste of formal society.
Join us for this monthly public program offered by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Speaker: Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design, Cleveland Museum of Art.
Image: Lalique’s display window and Maison Vever’s display at the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Courtesy Les Arts Décoratifs Paris, Fond patrimonial Vever. Photographer: Laurent Sully Jaulmes.