Artist: Tiffany Studios
Title: Large Wisteria Electric Lamp, about 1906
Leaded glass and bronze
25 x 18 in. (63.5 x 45.7 cm) Base: 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
Tiffany Studios produced stained glass lamps, windows, and other decorative arts objects for nearly five decades. Today, we often remember the name of Louis Comfort Tiffany and not the hundreds of employees who served as designers, glass blowers, and glasscutters. Recent research tells us about the Women’s Glass Cutting Department. Known as the “Tiffany Girls.” Their department was formed after a strike by the male-only union. With direction from Clara Driscoll, Tiffany Girls excelled in designing and producing lampshades inspired by nature. A skilled artisan, Driscoll designed this work art, the Large Wisteria Lamp. After twenty years of service, Ms. Driscoll resigned because of her pending marriage. Company policy forbade the employment of married women.