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Cut-out Decorative Foil (India), 1881–1912

This is a Cut-out Decorative Foil. It was designed by Lockwood de Forest and made by Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company. It is dated 1881–1912 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is cut and perforated sheet brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

De Forest ordered large numbers of decorative foils in a variety of shapes and patterns of piercing, often numbered like the teak panels. At Bryn Mawr he used them to decorate ceiling beams. They may have helped reflect light in the dark teak interiors.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Glittering Design by Lockwood de Forest.

This object was donated by Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery. It is credited Gift of Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 26 × 15.2 × 0.2 cm (10 1/4 in. × 6 in. × 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

the number 175 stamped into stem of paisley

Cite this object as

Cut-out Decorative Foil (India), 1881–1912; Designed by Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850–1932); cut and perforated sheet brass; H x W x D: 26 × 15.2 × 0.2 cm (10 1/4 in. × 6 in. × 1/16 in.); Gift of Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery; 2014-42-1

We have 1 video that features Cut-out Decorative Foil (India), 1881–1912.

Lockwood de Forest | Passion for the Exotic

Join Cooper Hewitt curators Sarah Coffin and Gail Davidson, and Lockwood de Forest scholar Roberta Mayer for three presentations celebrating the Carnegie Mansion’s newly restored Teak Room....

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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