Flagler Museum Exhibition Showcases Tiffany & Co Women Designers

The Flagler Museum’s Winter Exhibition explores the women who created many of Tiffany Studios’ celebrated decorative objects in the first decade of the 20th century. a new light on tiffany: clara Driscoll and the tiffany girls – on exhibit from January 31 through April 22, 2012 – includes more than 50 Tiffany lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels, ceramics and pages of recently discovered correspondence written by head designer Clara Driscoll (1861-1944). The exhibition is organized by the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS), and will be supplemented by various private lenders.

Driscoll’s correspondence reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly, Peony and numerous decorative objects. 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. The exhibition presents the renowned works of Tiffany Studios in an entirely new context, focusing on the women who labored behind the scenes to create the masterpieces now inextricably linked to the Tiffany name.

When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. The Museum is located at One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon until 5:00 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for youth ages 13-17, $3 for children ages 6-12, and children under six are free. For more information, please call the Flagler Museum at (561) 655-2833 or visit www.flaglermuseum.us.

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