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Gene Moore's Circus for Tiffany & Co.

Renowned the world over as a boundary-pushing window designer for Tiffany & Co., Gene Moore was a master of fantastical world-building. From the mid-1950s to the late 1990s, Moore crafted wildly enchanting scenes for Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship, even incorporating the contemporary art of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. In the 1980s, he branched out into designing a new sort of spectacle drawn from historic Americana: a circus in miniature, rendered in sterling silver and vibrantly colored enamel. Moore let his imagination soar and Tiffany & Co. brought his vision to life, from daring acrobats and dinosaurs outfitted in saddles to a gaggle of clowns and lions, tigers, and bears – and much more.

Tiffany window displays designed by Gene Moore including pieces from his Circus series, 1990. Images courtesy Smithsonian Institution