Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s 'Little Arcadia'

  • WINTER PARK, Florida
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  • January 05, 2021

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A watercolor design study, c. 1901, by Alice Carmen Gouvy depicting bell peppers on display at the Morse Museum beginning March 2.

March begins at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, with the new exhibition Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s “Little Arcadia” and vignette display Chinese Blue and White Porcelain on Tuesday, March 2.

A handful of designers, including Alice Carmen Gouvy (1863–1924) and Lillian A. Palmié (1873–1944), were selected to work in what was often somewhat enviously referred to as “little Arcadia,” Tiffany’s idyllic workshop where creativity took precedence over the artist’s commercial enterprises. The exhibition Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s “Little Arcadia” displays around a dozen watercolor designs by these Tiffany artisans.

Chinese Blue and White Porcelain. In the 18th century, two regional variations of Chinese porcelain—Canton and Nanking (both produced in the port city of Guangzhou)—emerged. The industry served Westerners eager to add an exotic element to their dining rooms. Artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) cherished Chinese ceramics and, in many cases, centered some of their most famous interiors around them. The Morse vignette features these precious and still avidly collected Asian ceramic pieces. These objects have been drawn from the recent donation to the Morse Museum by the Abberger family of life-long Orlando residents Dr. Benjamin L. Abberger and Nancy Hardy Abberger’s collection.

The Morse Museum’s website includes online activities, videos, and an audio tour. Visits are by appointment.

For more information, call (407) 645-5311, or visit morsemuseum.org.

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