Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India

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This is the first scholarly book on de Forest. It explores his career in the decorative arts by examining cultural context, material culture, biography, and patronage. Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) is best known as an artistic decorator with a flair for designs based on the arts and crafts of the Middle East and India. He began his career in partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany. By 1883, de Forest had his own business and successfully introduced the East Indian craft revival to the United States. His interior ...

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Overview

This is the first scholarly book on de Forest. It explores his career in the decorative arts by examining cultural context, material culture, biography, and patronage. Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) is best known as an artistic decorator with a flair for designs based on the arts and crafts of the Middle East and India. He began his career in partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany. By 1883, de Forest had his own business and successfully introduced the East Indian craft revival to the United States. His interior designs and furnishings were embraced by some of the wealthiest families of the Gilded Age. His family home at 7 East Tenth Street in New York City served as a designer showcase and was compared to Arab Hall, a pinnacle of exotic design that was part of Frederic, Lord Leighton's home and studio in Holland Park, London. Complemented by sixty color plates and 132 black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611493139
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,356,653
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta A. Mayer is associate professor of art history at Bucks County Community College.

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Table of Contents

1 "The Most Indian House in America" 11

2 Becoming an Artist 25

3 The East Indian Craft Revival 43

4 "An Almost Continuous Chill" 54

5 Business Practices and Self-Promotion 92

6 Patronage: 1882-1890 118

7 Patronage: 1891-1919 158

8 Santa Barbara Sunsets 194

Notes 205

Selected Bibliography 221

Index 231

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