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Design Drawing

Artist:
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)
Date:
ca. 1898–99
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
11 3/8 x 16 in. (28.9 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Drs. Bruce Barnes and Joseph Cunningham, in memory of Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.495
Not on view
This drawing is unique to the American Wing's collection because, unlike the other design drawings from the various Tiffany studios, it depicts an individual enamel object. In fact, it is the design drawing for the Museum's plum enamel bowl, which was originally in Tiffany's personal collection. The drawing illustrates the round repoussé enamel bowl decorated with plums and leaves in naturalistic and luminous tones. Various notations on the drawing list a numerical and letter code, enamel formulas, the total number of hours required to manufacture the bowl (50), and the name Julia Munson, the head of the enamel department.
Inscription: upper right in pencil: SG44
lower right in pencil: LH Nash
The drawing descended in the family of Leslie Nash (d.1958), whose father, Arthur Nash, began to work for Tiffany in about 1893, and Leslie Nash worked for Tiffany beginning in about 1908. The drawing went to Nash's widow, and then to her children, Marjorie Nash Carhart and John William Nash, who sold the drawing at auction (Christie's) in December 2000.
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