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Cut-out Decorative Foil (India), 1881–90

This is a Cut-out Decorative Foil. It was designed by Lockwood de Forest. It is dated 1881–90 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is pierced and cut-out sheet brass foil. 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 identified with numbers like the room’s teak panels. De Forest drew on traditional textile and metalwork patterns, such as the scrolling vine seen on one foil, in the room’s woodwork, and on the nearby oil lamp and cap.

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

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  • Cut-out, 1881–90
  • pierced and cut-out sheet copper foil.
  • Gift of Sullivan Goss - An American Art Gallery.
  • 2014-42-6

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 8.9 × 35.6 × 0.2 cm (3 1/2 in. × 14 in. × 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

"N 95" stamped on side margin

Cite this object as

Cut-out Decorative Foil (India), 1881–90; Designed by Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850–1932); pierced and cut-out sheet brass foil; H x W x D: 8.9 × 35.6 × 0.2 cm (3 1/2 in. × 14 in. × 1/16 in.); Gift of Sullivan Goss - An American Art Gallery; 2014-42-4

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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