By Susan Vreeland


It’s 1893, and on the Chicago World’s reasonable, Louis convenience Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of cutting edge stained-glass home windows that he hopes will earn him a spot at the overseas creative level. yet backstage in his big apple studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s department, who conceives of and designs the vast majority of the long-lasting leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will lengthy be remembered. by no means publicly said, Clara struggles along with her wish for inventive acceptance and the doubtless insurmountable demanding situations that she faces as a qualified lady. She additionally yearns for romance and companionship, and is dedicated in several how one can 5 males, together with Tiffany, who enforces a strict coverage: He doesn't hire married girls. finally, Clara needs to come to a decision what makes her happiest—the expert international of her palms or the private international of her heart.

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Driscoll. ” “Oh, yes. You can’t be wanting employment, then. My policy hasn’t—” I pulled back my shoulders. ” He was too much the gentleman to ask questions, but he couldn’t hide the gleam in his eyes. “I’ve come to inquire if you have work for me. ” A deliberate prompt. I didn’t want to be hired because of my need or his kindness. I wanted my talent to be the reason he wanted me back. “Indeed” was all he offered. What now to fill the suspended moment? His new projects. I asked. His eyebrows leapt up in symmetrical curves.

I walked on, erect, not creeping, and discovered a little run of quiet blocks called Irving Place between Union Square and Gramercy Park, which promised to be leafy come spring. Greek Revival, Italianate, and Renaissance Revival townhouses lined the street. I saw a ROOM TO LET sign in a window and bounded up the stoop. A gaunt woman answered the buzzer, portending skimpy portions at the dinner table and plates that were whisked away before a second helping could enter the boarders’ minds. The cramped, cheerless parlor had only itchy horsehair settees constraining sitters to maintain Egyptian posture at all times.

Women glass artists—Fiction. 3. Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848–1933—Fiction. 4. Tiffany and Company—History—Fiction. I. Title. 1 FOR Barbara Braun and John Baker, who led me to Clara and Tiffany … Beauty is what Nature has lavished upon us as a Supreme Gift. —LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY CONTENTS Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Epigraph BOOK ONE • 1892–1893 1. Peacock 2. Flamingo 3. Opal 4. Feathers 5. Fire and the King of Diamonds 6. Daffodil 7. White 8. Lady Liberty BOOK TWO • 1895–1897 9.

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