Legion Of Honor
Lincoln Park - 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
Legion Of Honor San Francisco Reviews
Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique - February 7, 2009 — May 31, 2009 Feb 22, 2009
As the timeless and iconic song goes, “But square cut or pear shape, These rocks don't lose their shape! Diamonds are a girl's best friend….” and true to form, the display of jewelry, keepsakes, holloware and furniture dazzled the eyes and mind. (In my opinion) the Legion welcomed and introduced one of its better exhibitions to date. This collection showcased solid representation of the different styles of art deco designer pioneers: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique.
Quite often, I would immediately define art as oil or watercolor or clay or marble. But the art celebrated in this exhibition includes crystal, enamel, and glass, which I can imagine were quite challenging mediums of choice at the time. I’ve never come face-to-face with Fabergé eggs, Tiffany Lamps and high-end jewelry, and Lalique crystals and glass housed under one roof. Usually, you find or see them in a setting for which they were made, but not grouped together, where its art and beauty can be easily overlooked in the middle of a glittering set.
This exhibition also provides a glimpse into the opulence of pre-World War I (1840s-1920s) high society, and the high demand for artistically unique luxury goods. As you walk from room-to-room, you find yourself discussing and simultaneously questioning, together with other patrons, “wow, did they really use that?” or “how did they create such a piece?”
However, playing Devil’s advocate, it also allows for the opportunity to scrutinize the rational behind the attraction to extravagant objects. But really, standing just inches away from a 5-carat studded pink diamond necklace…you’re jaw just about drops to the floor, and in your head, “what was I thinking again….?” Haha! I mean, what girl hasn’t pictured herself as Audrey Hepburn dressed in that famous Givenchy black gown standing outside Tiffany & Co. dreamily admiring the window display? Or something the like…
I readily recommend catching this exhibition before it leaves town. This is also the forum where you can voice out “oooh” and/or “aaah” without being self-conscious.
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