Is There A Tiffany Scandal Brewing?

Folks over at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, home of the world’s largest collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, must be raising some eyebrows today.

Seems there’s a new exhibit opening at the New York Historical Society that makes the claim that many of Tiffany’s designs weren’t actually designed by Tiffany. From the press release:

Newly discovered correspondence, journal entries and photos belonging to Clara Driscoll, head of Tiffany Studios’ Women’s Glass Cutting Department, reveal that many of the masterpieces considered the exclusive design of Louis Comfort Tiffany were Driscoll’s and executed by her staff of young female designers.

The previously unrecognized women, known as “The Tiffany Girls,” and their central role designing and creating lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels and ceramics take center stage in the show, which features dozens of masterpieces from the Historical Society’s unmatched collection of Tiffany designs.

The exhibit opens February 23 and runs through May 28, 2007 at the NYHS, 170 Central Park West (77th St.).

A tempest in an arty teacup, or the start of a major reassessment of the work of an American master? Time will tell.

Good news! If you can’t afford a Tiffany original, you can afford the Orlando Three-Pak!

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