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Drawing for hanging dome shade

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
1905–15
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper mounted on board
Dimensions:
Overall: 23 3/4 x 19 3/4in. (60.3 x 50.2cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.198
Not on view
These two nearly identical presentation drawings (see also 67.654.199) for large hanging shades were intended for the Bellevue Palace, a luxury hotel in Bern, Switzerland, which was established in 1865, demolished in 1911, and reconstructed in 1913. The client, Mr. J. R. Martin, was given at least two possibilities for the commission—a shade with poppy imagery in red tones and a shade with magnolia imagery in a creamy white and blue palette. Suspended below each shade are eight iridescent blown-Favrile-glass “Lily” shades. The drawings demonstrate Tiffany craftsmen’s use of stock elements even in custom designs.
Signature: [recto, lower right]: Approved / Louis C. Tiffany [signed]

Inscription: [recto, lower left]: HANDING [sic] DOME SHADE / MR. J. R. MARTIN / BELLEVUE PALACE / BERN / SWITZERLAND
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