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Andiron

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)
Date:
1894
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Bronze, glass, iron
Dimensions:
25 x 15 x 35 in. (63.5 x 38.1 x 88.9 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. D. Chester Noyes, 1968
Accession Number:
68.69.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
In 1894, Emily Johnston de Forest and her husband, Robert W. de Forest, who served as president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1913 to 1931, renovated their New York residence at Seven Washington Square and commissioned Louis C. Tiffany to decorate the interior of the library addition. Tiffany was a close friend and distant relative of de Forest, whose brother Lockwood de Forest was a former partner in one of Tiffany’s early design businesses. Intended for the library, this pair of andirons is inset with bold Favrile glass ornaments in swirling green and amber, complementing the color scheme of the elaborate mosaic and stone fireplace facing that framed them.
Robert W. de Forest, New York, from 1894; his daughter, Mrs. D. Chester Noyes, New York, until 1968.
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