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Aesthetic room interior with window and fireplace

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Glass Company (1885–92)
Date:
ca. 1883–87
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, metallic silver ink, pen and black ink, and graphite on wove paper
Dimensions:
13 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. (33.3 x 27 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.408
Not on view
This drawing for an unknown client incorporates many of the ideals of the American Aesthetic movement, which was at the height of its popularity from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s: the use of flat patterns, exotic references, and shimmering surfaces. The decoration does not refer to a single culture but instead creates a dazzling fantasy of exotic opulence in keeping with the late-nineteenth-century worldview. The geometric leaded-glass window recalls those in the Veterans' Room at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York, which Tiffany and Associated Artists decorated in 1880.
Inscription: [recto, lower left, inscribed in ink]: 4 384; [recto, lower right, inscribed in ink]: 729 [crossed out, two indecipherable additional digits]; [recto, lower right, inscribed in graphite]: 5612
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