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Suggestion for mosaic panel, Mrs. Edward Van Ingen, Church of the Redeemer, Patterson, New Jersey

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
ca.1921
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, gold metallic ink, and graphite on artist board in original mat
Dimensions:
Overall: 22 7/16 x 14 3/8 in. (57 x 36.5 cm) Design: 14 15/16 x 7 11/16 in. (38 x 19.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.18
Not on view
This drawing is one of the most beautifully finished mosaic designs from Tiffany Studios in the Museum’s collection. Each tessera is represented by tiny, precise brushstrokes to convey how the composition will look when made in glass. Metallic inks convey the lustrous surface of Favrile glass mosaic and are also used for the lettering of the original window mat. The drawing was signed by Louis C. Tiffany, and its fine quality suggests it was a formal presentation version of the design. Although the dedication inscription is not finalized, the panel was probably a memorial to Mrs. Edward Van Ingen’s father, Edward T. Bell, who was a well-known banker and founding member of the Church of the Redeemer in Paterson, New Jersey.
Signature: [recto, lower right corner of mat, in yellow pastel] Louis C. Tiffany

Inscription: [verso, in graphite]: 18089;
[recto, lower center of design, gothic script, in watercolor]: Memorial Inscription / "The Soul Shall return to God.";
[recto, lower left of mat window, in gold]: ˆ SKETCH ˆ No [superscript, underlined]ˆ 1779ˆ;
[recto, bottom right of mat window, in gold]: ˆ SCALE ˆ 1 1/2 " = 1'-0" ˆ
[recto, lower left corner of mat, in gold]: ˆ ECCLESIASTICAL ˆ DEPT ˆ/ ˆ TIFFANY ˆ STUDIOS ˆ/ ˆ NEW ˆ YORK ˆ CITY ˆ N ˆ Y ˆ;
[recto, lower center of mat, in gold]: ˆ SUGGESTION ˆ FOR ˆ/ ˆ MOSAIC ˆ PANEL [loss]/ ˆ MRS ˆ EDWARD ˆ VAN ˆ INGEN ˆ/ ˆ CH ˆ OF ˆ THE ˆ REDEEMER ˆ/ ˆ PATTERSON ˆ N ˆ J-;
[recto, lower right corner of mat, in gold]: ˆ APPROVED ˆ BY ˆ
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