Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Tiffany Girls

An innovative exhibit at the Villa Stuck tries to cast "A New Light" on the inter-workings of the New York Tiffany workshops. For more than a century, it was believed that all Tiffany glass was designed by one person - the company's founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and produced nearly exclusively by men. But this first major exhibit of Tiffany glass in Munich focuses on the work of Clara Driscoll, who led a team of glass cutters who became known as "the Tiffany Girls." The exhibit, which has more than 60 examples on display, shows that many of the popular designs were actually developed by Driscoll and her team of glass cutters. I loved the exhibit and the museum, and the only downside is that the curators base the entire premise on personal letters from Driscoll to her family. Either way, the exhibit casts an even brighter light on the life of single women working in New York City in the late 1800s. Check it out for yourself, but it only shows until Jan. 17th.

5 comments:

Matthew and Alison Clayton said...

Fascinating! Love this post and look forward to checking out the museum.

Hilda said...

I wish I could! This photo of yours alone is gorgeous! I can only imagine what it must be like to see it in person.

Diane C. Wright said...

Hi. Just found your blog when searching on Clara Driscoll. The discovery of these letters was revolutionary in the study of Tiffany glass and currently is the only way to attribute the design of some of the lamps to Clara. Would that there was an archive of materials Tiffany himself left behind!

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting!

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