The Easel

Cosmopolitan Craftsman

New silver mines in mid-19th century America made silver affordable to the middle class. Tiffany, then a fledgling, was transformed by the opportunity. Its “genius” designer Edward Moore drew inspiration from ancient works and, notably, Japanese lacquerware and metalwork. His works displayed “phenomenal artistry” and defined a design aesthetic that made Tiffany a powerhouse in the decorative arts.