Aesthetic room interior with window and fireplace

Louis C. Tiffany American
Tiffany Glass Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 773

This drawing for an unknown client incorporates many of the ideals of the American Aesthetic movement, which was at the height of its popularity from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s: the use of flat patterns, exotic references, and shimmering surfaces. The decoration does not refer to a single culture but instead creates a dazzling fantasy of exotic opulence in keeping with the late-nineteenth-century worldview. The geometric leaded-glass window recalls those in the Veterans' Room at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York, which Tiffany and Associated Artists decorated in 1880.

Aesthetic room interior with window and fireplace, Louis C. Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York), Watercolor, metallic silver ink, pen and black ink, and graphite on wove paper, American

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