The design of this engaging appliquéd coverlet, made in about 1803 as a wedding present for a New York City bride, emulates Indian Tree of Life palampores. The large central urn filled with flowering stems mimics the centralized Indian trees, and the domesticated animals parallel similar groupings of wild beasts often seen among the rocky hills at the base of Indian examples. Between 1785 and 1825, after the opening of direct trade between India and the United States, palampores seem to have been the height of fashion and are frequently advertised for sale in New York City newspapers.
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)Date: ca. 1891–93Medium: Prima vera, American ash (secondary wood); marquetry of various woods and brass; replacement upholsteryAccession: 64.202.1On view in:Gallery 743