Hidden by Plasterboard at famed Carlton Hotel in Manhattan
These are the kinds of things that happen in New York. Amongst a bustling renovation of the notorious Carlton Hotel, a beautiful stain glass skylight was unearthed. A symbol of the Art Nouveau movement, it turns out the work was designed by legendary glass maker Louis Tiffany and is said to be valued at over a million dollars.
His father was a historic jeweler Charles Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. Where Sr. exceled at jewelry design, the younger Tiffany did at glass making, establishing his own shop in Queens in 1878. There, his popularity grew as he honed his use of opalescent glass and unique coloring in lamps, stain glass, mosaics, and ceramics. His work can be found in the White House, churches, and museums across the country.