Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Made in New York, New York, United States
17 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 16 11/16 in. (44.5 x 69.9 x 42.4 cm)
Gift of Alfred M. F. Kiddle, 1965
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Thomas Chippendale’s influential book of furniture designs, “The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director” (London, 1754), tapped into the growing interest in Chinese ornament in England and the colonies. More than one hundred years later, Chippendale’s furniture forms again saw a resurgence in popularity, as exemplified by this Tiffany Studios bench. The right angles, fretwork pattern on the legs, and lattice shaped brackets between the legs and seat rail draw from Chippendale’s designs. Like his eighteenth-century counterpart, Tiffany also sought inspiration in the arts of Asia, making this table desirable not only for its evocation of the colonial era but also traditional Chinese art.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: 1922Medium: Watercolor sketching boards with window-shaped mounts with text in graphiteAccession: 1992.67aOn view in:Not on view