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Paulding Farnham : Tiffany's lost genius
Loring, John.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, [2000]

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151 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
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NK7398.F37 L67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This stunning book is the first devoted to Farnham & his career at Tiffany & Co., where his dazzling, highly original jewels & silverware brought the firm worldwide recognition.

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Booklist Review

What would anyone expect from Tiffany's design director but a series of essays on the firm and its artists? Loring's third photographic panoply focuses on a little-known turn-of-the-century star, Farnham, now considered one of America's best native-born jewelers. Surrounded by some of the most exquisite, lifelike creations--such as a carnation corsage featuring diamonds, pink tourmalines, and green garnets--the book unfolds to show both drawings and actual designs from Farnham's very short career. The pinnacle is the enameled orchids that drew kudos from crowds at the 1889 Paris exposition--and catapulted Farnham into celebrity. Other designs are just as faithful to his talent. Once Louis Comfort took over the firm in 1902, Farnham lasted only another six years--then emigrated to the West Coast, divorced his wife, and transformed himself into a sculptor and painter. --Barbara Jacobs

Choice Review

In 1889, Farnham received the gold medal at the Paris Exposition for his enamel and jeweled flowers, created for Tiffany and Company. Much has been written about Tiffany; however, this is the first monograph documenting Farnham's personal life and his brilliant career as a jewelry designer. The text is accompanied by lavish color representations of watercolor designs and photos of the finished jewelry. Farnham's delicate interpretation of jeweled orchids represents only one facet of his oeuvre. He created stunning, and now highly collectible, silver bowls, tea sets, and vases of distinction along with necklaces, bracelets, and other items of personal adornment. Using as inspiration disparate periods of art, Farnham experimented with Native American designs, Orientalism, the Renaissance, etc., successfully mastering each to win awards and honors in the US and abroad. This period of experimentation ultimately led Farnham to reject jewelry design in 1908 for a life as a historical marine painter. Loring, author of numerous books on Tiffany and design director for the firm, compiled the chronology and index to supplement this beautifully produced volume. General readers; undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. L. Doumato; National Gallery of Art