Donald Claflin

1935-1979

Donald Claflin was born in Massachusetts and trained at the Parsons School of Design in New York. He began work as an illustrator and textile designer and moved into jewelry at David Webb, before joining Tiffany & Company in 1966. His eleven years as a designer at Tiffany & Co. are best known for the witty and whimsical figurative jewels he created in vivid gemstones and brightly polished gold – pieces of undoubted opulence and far from serious in intent. His humorous depictions of animals, sometimes legendary creatures and sometimes characters from children’s much-loved stories such as Alice in Wonderland, remain classics of their time. Although best known for these jeweled character studies, he was also a skilled designer of more conventional gem-set jewelry and was one of the first in the United States to work with tanzanite, the intense, purplish-blue stone from Tanzania which Tiffany introduced in 1969.


Related items:

 
American Gold Brooch with Enamel, Diamonds and Coral, attributed to Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. — BO-19266
Pink Spinel and gold Ring by Kimberly McDonald
Kimberly McDonald — R-18931

 

News

4/8/2019
"Fiorella" Earrings by Neha Dani Featured in ...

Our very own Neha Dani "Foirella" Earrings have been featured in Harpers Bazaar. Here is the excerpt from the article: A "Closer home, we have Coimbatore-born Neha Dani, who sells her unique pieces  More>>

3/20/2019
Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

March 1, 2019–May 12, 2019 a Ticketed. Free for Cincinnati Art Museum members. a Experience the splendor of Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. a Organized by the Petit Palais Museum of  More>>

Events

Join our Newsletter

     
©2019 Macklowe Gallery. All Rights Reserved.
Visit us at:  445 Park Avenue New York, New York 10022 — 212-644-6400
We are committed to making this website available to as many people as possible and is engaged in continued efforts to ensure that this website is accessible to those with special needs, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments. Our efforts in that regard are ongoing. Many internet users can find websites difficult to use. We recognize that this is an important issue, and we are working to ensure that this website is accessible to all persons who wish to use it. Our efforts to improve this website in this regard are in process, so if you come across a page or feature you find inaccessible or difficult to use, please send your feedback to email@macklowegallery.com.