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Fountain base for mosaic wall mural

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
ca. 1905–15
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Favrile glass, cement
Dimensions:
24 x 77 x 61 3/4 in. (61 x 195.6 x 156.8 cm)
Classification:
Architecture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. L. Groves Geer, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.584
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
Tiffany’s work in mosaic, inspired by Byzantine examples he had seen abroad, dates to the 1880s, when he began experimenting with iridescent glass and transparent tesserae backed with metal leaf. Mosaic decoration graced countless interiors by him, from churches to department stores. The culmination of his interest was the vast Dream Garden mosaic, created in 1915, after designs by Maxfield Parrish, for Edward Bok at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia. Tiffany may have made this shimmering garden landscape as a preliminary study for the Curtis commission. It was among the decorations that graced the Tiffany showrooms until their contents were auctioned in 1938.
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