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Clara and Mr. Tiffany
One talented woman, five fascinated men, the world's most gorgeous glass, New York City bursting with change, and passion.
Discovering Clara The New Worman With Love, Clara Letters The Tiffany Girls Clara Driscoll Gallery and Excerpts Louis Comfort Tiffany Gallery and Excerpts New York, New York Reviews Interview Discussion Questions Teacher's Guide Press, Media, Event Planners, Book Club Leaders, Booksellers Librarians, Bloggers Tiffany Works Locations Bibliography Listing of links to the other Tiffany pages

Louis Comfort Tiffany would stop at nothing

for the sake of beauty.

Clara Wolcott Driscoll created it for him.

C Clara face closeup in oval C Tiffany face closeup in oval C

During the Gilded Age just before the turn of the twentieth century, Tiffany forged his reputation in stained-glass. His highly recognizable style blended Art Nouveau, the exoticism of the Aesthetics Movement, and his own adoration of nature.

Until recently, it was assumed that he was the designer of the celebrated leaded-glass lampshades. However, two collections of letters reveal that an unrecognized woman, Clara Driscoll, designed the floral shades as well as many of the bronze bases.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany presents these two figures--one the giant of American decorative arts, the other unknown--as they engage each other, collaborating, probing and frustrating each other, stumbling over their passions.

Driven by the Tiffany Family Imperative to honor his father, owner of Tiffany & Co., by surpassing his elder's fame and financial success, Tiffany confronts the central issue in the Arts and Crafts debate: art versus industry, and its concomitant, creative indulgence versus financial restraint.

Yearning to establish herself as a creator of exquisite pieces of art, and to be recognized publically, Clara is a vibrant, intelligent, wry woman, a leader whose challenge, like that of many women, is to decide what makes her most happy--the professional world of her hands, or the personal world of her heart.

The novel interprets her creative and personal life, her loves, losses, triumphs, and her startling decisions.

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Random House
Paperback release,
March 20, 2012.
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