Lockwood de Forest
(1850 - 1932)
ca. 1885 - 1887
27 1/2 in. x 45 3/4 in. x 39 7/8 in. (69.85 cm x 116.21 cm x 101.28 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922
Bryn Mawr College
North and Central America, United States
Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) was an American-born artist who is most well-known for his landscape painting and interior design, as well as for his partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Associated Artists in New York. As a young man he travelled frequently with his family, touring Europe, North Africa, and parts of the Middle East before the age of 25, but his greatest interest was in the decorative arts of Eastern India. De Forest spent many years in Ahmedabad overseeing a workshop where craftsmen produced carved furniture, tracery panels, jewelry, and textiles for export to New York City.
This walnut table was purchased by Mary Elizabeth Garrett for her home in Baltimore, Maryland, while she was living there in the 1880s. Designed by de Forest, it was manufactured in Ahmedebad and assembled in New York City. When Garrett moved into the Deanery at Bryn Mawr in 1904, she brought several pieces of her East Indian furniture with her, including this table.
The table has intricate lattice carving on its legs and base shelf, and the arches under the shelf also have pierced carved designs. It was used in M. Carey Thomas’s large sitting room, the Dorothy Vernon Room. The room was modeled after one in Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England, which Thomas had visited numerous times while she was a student, traveling in Europe. De Forest designed the room as a mixture of English and East Indian design, although Japanese teakwood tables and Tiffany lamps were used in the room as well. After the Deanery was razed in 1968, a new Dorothy Vernon Room was installed in Haffner Hall, about a quarter size of the original room, where many of the ceiling stencils, furniture, and other furnishings were re-located.
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