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Design for square mosaic panel

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
1902–32
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, and graphite on artist board faced in original warm grey window mat
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 7/16 x 17 3/8 in. (44.3 x 44.1 cm) Design: 9 5/16 x 9 7/8 in. (23.7 x 25.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.53
Not on view
Tiffany attributed his interest in mosaics to the bejeweled Byzantine churches he visited during his travels. In this design for a mosaic panel, the lack of pictorial imagery and the use of strong geometry, vivid colors, and an ogee arch border suggest a further Islamic influence. The large squares central to this design imply the inclusion of Tiffany’s iridescent Favrile glass turtleback tiles, or perhaps semitransparent glass backed with metallic foil. Such innovations set Tiffany’s mosaics apart from those of his contemporaries.
Signature: [recto, on matt, lower left, in graphite]: (APPROV)ED BY Louis C. Tiffany

Inscription: [recto, on mat, center, in ink]: -N- / [illegible]UDIO / [illegible]MENT
[recto, upper right]: SOFFIT OF 1st AND 2nd CEILING
[recto, lower right]: SOFFIT OF 3RD STORY CEILING
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