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Art in Bloom 2016 at Milwaukee Art Museum

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Our challenge for Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art in Bloom 2016 is this mantle from the Henry Harnischfeger residence. (1878-1945) This fireplace surround side signed by George Mann Niedecken in the “New German Renaissance” style.

Find us at the Milwaukee Art Museum March 17-20 — we will have a pop-up shop as well as our floral design solution for this challenge.

Deb Fowler, “The Flower Lady,” views George Mann Niedecken’s Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Deb Fowler, “The Flower Lady,” views George Mann Niedecken’s Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Fireplace Surround from Henry Harnischfeger Residence

George Mann Niedecken
(American, 1878–1945)

Fireplace Surround from the Henry Harnischfeger Residence (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), ca. 1905
Glass tile with metal foil backing and original iron frame
44 1/2 × 73 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (113.03 × 186.37 x 3.81 cm)

This piece was inspired when Harnischfeger, a Milwaukee industrialist, hired Niedecken and a like-minded architect Eugene R. Liebert to design a mansion for him in Grand Avenue. The style was themed “New German Renaissance.” Niedecken treated the mansion’s fireplace hearth’s with glass stylized flowers. His constant goal was to bring nature indoors, and he succeeded admirably with this design.

Fireplace Surround from Henry Harnischfeger Residence, by George Mann Niedecken, Milwaukee Art Museum
Fireplace Surround from Henry Harnischfeger Residence, by George Mann Niedecken

The Henry Harnischfeger Residence on Grand Avenue
The Henry Harnischfeger Residence on Grand Avenue

See previous years’ Art in Bloom entries on The Flower Lady’s Pinterest board, Art in Bloom — Milwaukee Art Museum