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Design for vestment

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Possibly Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)
Maker:
Possibly Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
ca. 1890–1915
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, metallic ink, and graphite on paper-faced artist's board
Dimensions:
Overall: 20 1/2 x 13 7/8in. (52.1 x 35.2cm) Other (Design): 8 1/2 x 11 9/16 in. (21.6 x 29.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.427
Not on view
Few ecclesiastical textiles documented to Tiffany have survived. The highly detailed presentation drawing depicts a cope intended for the Reverend Edward McCarty (probably the Reverend McCurdy), a priest at Saint Augustine's Church, Brooklyn, from 1876 to 1925. The embroidery, a complex pattern of interlocking gold strapwork and stylized ivy vines, is reminiscent of thirteenth-century ornament. The sumptuosly ornamented cope would have been worn for processions and holy days.
Inscription: [recto, lower right, in graphite]: Vestment for Rev. E. McCurdy / St. Augustine's Church / Brooklyn, N.Y.; [recto, lower left, stamped]: [blue circle]; [recto]: IHS
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