Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

By Susan Vreeland


It’s 1893, and on the Chicago World’s reasonable, Louis convenience Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of leading edge stained-glass home windows that he hopes will earn him a spot at the foreign inventive level. yet behind the curtain in his ny studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s department, who conceives of and designs the majority of the enduring leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will lengthy be remembered. by no means publicly said, Clara struggles along with her wish for creative reputation and the probably insurmountable demanding situations that she faces as a qualified girl. She additionally yearns for romance and companionship, and is dedicated in numerous how you can 5 males, together with Tiffany, who enforces a strict coverage: He doesn't hire married girls. finally, Clara needs to make a decision what makes her happiest—the expert international of her fingers or the non-public international of her heart.

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The Twelve Apostle spoons hanging in their wooden rack on the wall were all bright. Not one, not even the betrayer, was tarnished. Clearly this was a better sort of boardinghouse, probably with a price to match. Up carpeted stairs that did not creak she showed me to a bedroom all done up in pink and spring green with a window onto Irving Place. Above the iron bedstead a landscape mural had been painted of a pond with floating lilies. ” Decent bed, small desk with an oil lamp and a bookshelf above it, one easy chair, clean, bathroom down the hall.

He stepped behind an Oriental lacquered screen to dress. ” Mr. Tiffany asked me. “Six, just as you said. ” “Double the department, as soon as you can. ” “If I might say so, doubling the department all at once would mean some of the experts and I would be drawn off our projects to train so many new girls. ” “She’s right, son. ” “There’s another issue,” I said, thinking of Cornelia. “I don’t want to hire them as temporaries. They would be viewed as scabs. ” “They’ll have work. ” “If you use the fair to your marketing advantage,” remarked the elder Tiffany as he came out from behind the screen, dressed properly now for the nineteenth century.

I’ll take it. ” I RETURNED TO BROOKLYN elated, and late into the night I packed the last things—my alcohol lamp for heating my curling iron, and my grandmother’s porcelain washbowl and pitcher—but the things on Francis’s desk and dresser, I didn’t even touch. With a trace of sadness I had sold my two evening gowns at the Second Time Around and bought three shirtwaists, ready-mades with narrow skirts, for work, and a new pair of lace-ups so I wouldn’t come back to Tiffany’s looking down-at-the-heels.

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