Louis Comfort Tiffany used drapery glass to create natural-looking magnolia petals and employed the lead lines as part of the window design, creatively incorporated as the twigs and branches of the tree. Tiffany designers, working from studies of flowers in various stages of bloom, took great care to render nature realistically.
These three leaded-glass window panels, c. 1885, graced the library of Tiffany’s 72nd Street home in New York City and later the dining room of his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall, serving as a transition between indoors and outdoors bringing inside the flowering magnolias Tiffany loved so much.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933
Magnolia window panels
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art