A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

Author: Martin Eidelberg, Nina Gray, Margi Hofer

It has long been presumed that the lamps, windows, and other luxury objects produced by Tiffany Studios were designed exclusively by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), the firm's founder and artistic director. A New Light on Tiffany presents new information highlighting the many women who played a crucial role in the design and creation of Tiffany's masterpieces, in particular, Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), head of Tiffany Studios' Women's Glass cutting Department. Driscoll's recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany at the turn of the century, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm's most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly, and Poppy, as well as numerous other objects made with glass, bronze, and mosaic. In addition to designing, Driscoll managed a large department of young women, known as the "Tiffany Girls," who specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades, and mosaics.

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