This 1900s Boston townhouse by Louis Comfort Tiffany shimmers with Islamic-style mosaics, colourful glass and copper cladding.
The glasswork and jewellery designer fused eastern style with Art Nouveau forms to create this gesamtkunstwerk Back Bay mansion. It is the only surviving example of Tiffany’s residential vision, built for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer between 1898 and 1902. Now it’s on the market for $17m via Landvest / Christie’s International Real Estate.
Tiffany’s travels across the Mediterranean and North Africa sparked a love for its art forms, visible across the six-bedroom Tiffany Ayer Mansion. Its grand entrance hall features a proscenium arch, imperial staircase and a gilded trompe o’leil Roman temple, all in glittering Tiffany mosaics. Meanwhile, studded copper cladding covers its front door and one of its main fireplaces.
The pale Boston property unfurls around an elliptical staircase and has bow-fronted reception rooms filled with Tiffany-designed lighting, including a tiered pendant, hung from the staircase’s glass roof. Rooms also feature intricate ceiling plasterwork and many colourful stained-glass window panels, which, when illuminated, resemble tapestries.