Mosaic sample panel, c. 1905
Glass, cement Tiffany Studios, New York City, 1902–32 19 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches (2005-042)

The bustling mosaic workshop was filled with tables stacked with designs, photographs, and models. Its walls were covered in sample panels from past commissions—like the panel here—made as detail proposals for the larger works completed. Artisans toiled on commissions while the paper records of the orders were shuffled from the salesroom through production to the accounting offices. Supervisors monitored the workflow and material costs that in the end assured accurate pricing. Promotional materials reinforced the company’s reputation while promoting high sales in the most profitable products.