The name “Tiffany” is synonymous with high quality and beauty. Known for its exquisite pieces, whether it’s jewelry or other timeless items, nearly everyone is familiar with the brand.
It’s also one of the most revered names when it comes to stained glass; however, less well known are Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, who are responsible for some of the brand’s most iconic pieces.
The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach plans to shed new light on these female creators, who were responsible for the often duplicated pieces that bore legendary craftsmanship and helped to make Louis C. Tiffany’s name one associated with beauty and esteem. The exhibit, which was Organized by the New York Historical Society and sponsored by Northern Trust and The Palm Beach Post, will highlight the ladies’ magical pieces such as Tiffany mosaics, enamels, ceramics and windows, and will feature more than 50 beautiful Tiffany lamps. It will also feature correspondence from Driscoll when she was the head designer in the early 20th century. The exhibit will run from January 31 through April 22 and will showcase the incredible talent these women expressed through such beautiful pieces as the famed Wisteria, Peony, and Dragonfly lampshades. Managing a large department of young ladies who eventually came to be known as the “Tiffany Girls” was the responsibility of Clara Driscoll and will be the focus of the exhibit, which will also include pieces provided by private lenders.
“Clara Driscoll was the hidden geniuses behind many of Louis C. Tiffany’s designs,” said the project’s curator, Margaret K. Hofer. “We are thrilled to be telling the story of this remarkable woman, primarily through her own words. This exhibition and the accompanying catalog represent a great step forward in the scholarship of Tiffany Studios.”