September 17, 2008

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique.

An era of opulence, of empires, of grandness…of artistic luxury.

The turn of the 20th century saw a world embracing an explosion of wealth and the rise of decadence.

Return to this era at my special exhibition, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique opening on October 19 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the upcoming weeks I invite you to return to my blog and learn about the adventures, history and scandal that lie behind Artistic Luxury.

For me it has been a labor of love years in the making. I wanted to create an exhibition that closely examines the artistry and techniques of the three most prominent designers of jewelry and luxury goods: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique.

Looking critically at the development, design and marketing of each designer, Artistic Luxury will explore the demand for luxury goods in the 20th century. The exhibition will highlight some of the key patrons and personalities of the period and will examine the inspirations and creative legacies of the three artist-jewelers. Many of these rare objects come from private collections and have rarely been seen by the public.

On October 19, join me in returning to a time that has inspired the way we perceive art and luxury today.

To see some behind-the-scenes action and hear about the exhibition from my perspective, check out my video blogs at

Looking forward to seeing you in the galleries this fall.



  • Advance discount tickets are currently on sale for Artistic Luxury  – $12 if purchased by October 19, 2008.  
  • In the spirit of Artistic Luxury, build your own luxurious getaway package at
  • Staff from the CMA Community Affairs Department are trying their hand at chalking works from Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique at Chalk Festival  – September 20 & 21.
  • Get free admission to Artistic Luxury by becoming a member of CMA.