Sample Panel, Carved Wood, 1881–92
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Taves Family Collection as part of Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.
This teak panel, similar to the room’s borders, shows de Forest’s working method. In India, de Forest adapted traditional Indian designs to suit Western taste, collaborating with mistri (master) craftsmen, who carved samples. Approved designs were stamped with different numbers. The Ahmedabad studio retained one set; de Forest took numbered sets home to order custom lengths for different projects.
It is credited
Henry Taves and Posy Bass.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 10.2 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm ( 6 x14 1/2 x 1 in.)
It has the following markings
stamped with a 4 on the reverse
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.