Chicago in 2015 is home to a gilded age mansion turned museum. Built in 1879, the now-named Driehaus Museum was originally the home of the Nickerson family, whose patriarch, Samuel, was a distiller for the Union Army (that means he helped the soldiers get a drink) and one-time president of The First National Bank of Chicago.
Richard H. Driehaus, who founded the museum in 2003, spent five years restoring the mansion, opening it to the public in 2011. The ever-changing galleries within its halls are filled with furnishings, chandeliers, and decorative art from the 19th century to early 20th century Driehaus Collection (which includes quite a few Tiffany lamps).
Currently on display in the 1879 mansion is an incredible array of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau jewelry. These movements are characterized by a move away from the mechanics of industrialism and a swan dive deep into nature; (note the depictions of flowers and lily pads). This particular exhibition features work (pictured here with brief descriptions in the captions) from British, French, German, Austrian, and American artisans.
The jewelry is displayed in what were once the bedrooms of the Nickerson family.
For more information on what is in this exhibition and for more information on how to check out and visit the Driehaus Museum click here for the excellent GIA article on Maker & Muse, Women of the 20th Century Art Jewelry.
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