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Design for room interior

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:
late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper, mounted on board
Dimensions:
Drawing: 22 × 30 in. (55.9 × 76.2 cm) Mat: 25 1/8 × 32 1/8 in. (63.8 × 81.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.409
Not on view
The sculptural mantel, porcelain vase, and fireplace accessories evoke a sense of heritage in this newly constructed space—a common goal for revival-style interiors popular at the turn of the twentieth century. In this large drawing, the iron fireback, which found precedent in European and Colonial homes, would have protected the rear of the fireplace while radiating heat back into the room. The strip of fabric, or lambrequin, hung across the mantel references seventeenth-century Dutch interiors, in which it shielded the mantel from smoke. Despite their practical use, both of these elements could be quite decorative and, like the fireplace itself, served a largely aesthetic purpose during this period.
Inscription: [recto, lower left, in ink]: 645; [recto, on design, in graphite]: 6502; [recto, removed matt]: W.C. Winter No. 6632 “[For] Winter” in ink ; [verso]: incised lines of border, fleur-de-lys pattern; [verso]: Neg. No. 11621 / Webb
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