Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960), daughter of Gilded Age connoisseurs Henry Osborne and Louisine Elder Havemeyer, grew up in an extraordinary New York City mansion designed in 1892 by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Samuel Colman — artists with a highly developed aesthetic taste. The interiors and furnishings reflected her father’s enthusiasm for Asian and Middle Eastern objects, European decorative arts, and Old Master paintings, combined with her mother’s taste for avant-garde French Impressionist paintings. The wealth of colors and textures, the diverse materials, and the myriad patterns all influenced young Electra, whose own taste in collecting ultimately diverged from her parents’. ... [more]

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