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Design for marble pulpit

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)
Date:
ca. 1895–1900
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, glazing media, pen and inks, including brown ink and bronze metallic ink, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
9 13/16 x 14 7/8 in. (24.9 x 37.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund,1953
Accession Number:
53.679.1814
Not on view
Of the surviving Tiffany drawings of individual components for church furnishings, this example is among the most highly finished. The pulpit was to be fabricated in brilliant white and contrasting green-figured marble, framed by mosaic detailing. The draftsman simulated the texture of highly polished marble by applying a varnish or glaze over the green areas, giving a sheen to the normally soft matte paper surface.
Inscription: [recto, on center pulpit panel, beginning at lower left and reading clockwise around perimeter]: IN LOVING MEMORY OF • A [?] / CHAPIN / BORN • A • D • MDCCCLXXXII / [bottom of central pulpit panel]: BORN MDCCCXX;
[verso, at lower left and right respectively, stamped in blue ink]: 7924; 7937
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