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Top Three to See | Summer 2017: Decorative Arts in Flower

Opulent decorative arts exhibitions are in full bloom in New York with installations both indoors and out that will inspire you. Flowers and organic forms in saturated color created with master craftsmanship are the focus of these dynamic exhibitions in ceramic and glass, spanning from contemporary to the baroque.

Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection

The Frick Collection

June 8, 2017 to August 12, 2018


New York Botanical Garden

through Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Luce Center, The Gallery of Tiffany Lamps & The Center for Women’s History

New York Historical Society

reopened spring 2017

Head to the Frick’s light filled Portico Gallery overlooking the 5th Avenue Garden to see the latest in the highest quality decorative art installations of any institution-  Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection. Get ready to be entranced by the gorgeous enamel flowers and inventive forms in hard paste porcelain of Du Paquier, a who’s who of the ceramic world. Ranging from tablewares and decorative vases to small-scale sculpture, Du Paquier pieces are rare, have been highly sought after by collectors since the days of the Habsburg court and represent an area of ceramics celebrated by porcelain cognoscenti. The exhibition features forty objects produced by Du Paquier between 1720 and 1740. Founded in Vienna in 1718, the Du Paquier ceramic manufactory was only the second factory in Europe able to make porcelain in the true manner of the Chinese and for its brief time of production (25 years) it was the only rival of Meissen.


Prepare to be awed when you visit the New York Botanical Garden’s monumental installation of new site specific commissioned works, Chihuly. It has been ten years since the American artist’s last show in New York and it could be said that his current work reflects a new highpoint in his extensive body of work. These botanically and perhaps cosmically inspired glass pieces, are on a massive scale, you often forget the truly delicate nature of the material.  Don’t miss the opportunity to also visit in the evening for “Chihuly Nights” which creates a new unique experience as the glass is transformed by illumination.


See two floors of glowing Tiffany Studio blooms and the latest in decorative art curatorial installation at the recently reopened 4th floor of the New York Historical Society. The Luce Center, The Gallery of Tiffany Lamps and The Center for Women’s History are the highlights of this $31 million renovation. Controversially abandoning the “visible storage” approach (which as a form of public display emerged in the 1970s as an effort to open museum collections to a broader public), the NYHS has returned the fourth floor to selective topic specific displays, such as Tiffany Silver, the workshop of Duncan Phyfe or the current “Saving Washington” on women and life in Federal period U.S. history. Integrating new technology and the latest in archival studies, the new 4th Floor is a thought provoking educational and aethestic experience for all ages.


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