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Winter panel from the Four Seasons window, c. 1899–1900
Living room, Laurelton Hall, Long Island, New York, 1902–57
Exhibited: Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, and Prima Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Decorativa Moderna, Turin, Italy, 1902
Leaded glass
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, New York City, 1892–1900
39 x 33 in.

At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) debuted a magnificent window depicting the four seasons. The Winter panel is just one part of Tiffany’s extraordinary representation of nature’s cycle. Depicting snow laden on pine branches that are stark against a crystalline blue sky, this panel freezes the beauty of a cold forest scene for all time. Tiffany later divided the four panels of his Four Seasons window for installation at his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. The four main panels went into the living room while the border panels were placed in the garden entrance of the reception hall. Entirely composed of colored, plated, and textured glass, with no painted embellishments at all, the leaded-glass panels represent the highest achievement in Tiffany glassmaking. As a work of art, the panels symbolize the epic structure of life, of birth, aging, death, and rebirth. Surviving today with all their brilliant elements, these panels remain central works in understanding Tiffany’s genius, innovation, and place in American design. Above all, they remain objects of splendid beauty.

Winter panel from the Four Seasons window