Ever since the recent discovery that Clara Driscoll was responsible for the design of the firm’s floral shades, there has been a tendency to give her more credit than is due. Although she was extremely gifted, it should be remembered that she, like the other Tiffany artisans, worked in accord with Tiffany’s aesthetic. Indeed, this particular model was designed after Driscoll had left the firm. While she had been there, at some time prior to 1906, she had introduced a smaller shade with a design of simpler, single peonies and that model remained in production even after 1910. To a degree it provided the foundation for the “Elaborate Peony” (model 1903), which was introduced only after 1910, and was seemingly taken out of production by 1913. We do not know specifically who designed it but, clearly, that person well understood and skillfully continued the Tiffany Studios tradition. Although the company was emphasizing simpler and more academic, historicizing designs, still, as this Elaborate Peony shows, it was capable of producing some of the most extravagant floral shades that ever came out of the workshop.
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