Exhibitions - The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

On Long-Term View

Dr. Egon Neustadt sitting in a brown, cushioned chair. He is wearing a blue button up and gray slacks. His face is framed and lit up by a sea of glass lamps with different, colorful, mosaic patterns. Behind him is a large, blue and green, stain-glass window of a nature scene.

Image: Courtesy The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass


Established in 1969, The Neustadt is an independent non-profit collection dedicated to fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the artwork of Louis C. Tiffany. With a focus on Tiffany’s leaded glass, the collection includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass “jewels” used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century.


In 1995, The Neustadt partnered with the Queens Museum to share its collection with the New York metropolitan area through a permanent Tiffany gallery and educational programming. This partnership has special significance because Tiffany’s glass furnaces, metal foundry and workshops were located in Corona, Queens, less than two miles from the Museum. Portions of the collection are also available to museums across the United States through loans and traveling exhibitions.


Visionary Collectors: Egon & Hildegard Neustadt


The Neustadt was founded by Dr. Egon Neustadt (1898-1984) and his wife Hildegard (1911-1961), Austrian immigrants who amassed an unparalleled collection of Tiffany lamps over the course of fifty years. The Neustadts bought their first Tifany lamp from a second-hand shop in 1935 when Tiffany’s designs were out of fashion. Newly married, they were decorating their home in Queens when they happened upon an old stained-glass daffodil lampshade, “which gave a fascinating effect of real flowers growing in a real garden.” Enamored of all things American, they were delighted to learn that the lampshade was made in the country they now proudly called home. They purchased the lamp for $12.50.


Today, the Neustadts’ passion for Tiffany continues at the Queens Museum. Through changing exhibitions in the Neustadt Gallery, visitors not only enjoy the beauty of this extraordinary collection, but also gain a deeper appreciation of the artwork through a discussion of materials, fabrication processes and historical context.


Currently on view: Tiffany’s Lamps: Lighting Luxury


Colección Neustadt de Cristal de Tiffany


La Colección Neustadt es una colección independiente dedicada al fomento de una mejor comprensión y apreciación de las obras de arte de Louis C. Tiffany. Desde 1995, ha expuesto lámparas, vidrios y objetos de lujo Tiffany en la galería permanente del Queens Museum. Esta colaboración es especial porque los hornos para vidrio, la fundición metalúrgica y los talleres de Tiffany estaban ubicados en Corona, Queens, a menos de tres kilómetros del Museo. La exposición permanente explica la historia del estudio Tiffany y de los Neustadt.


The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York.

The Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams, the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.

Major funding is generously provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, Mellon Foundation, E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, New York Community Trust, Richmond County Savings Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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