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Designed by
Lockwood de Forest
American (1850 - 1932) Primary

Manufactured by
Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company
Indian Manufacturer


ca. 1885-1887
Chased brass over teak core, perforated copper

60 3/4 x 44 1/2 x 3 in. (154.3 x 113 x 7.6 cm)
Gift of Mary Patterson McPherson, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1978-1997

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.454
Geography: North and Central America and Asia, United States and India
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Culture/Nationality: American design; Indian manufacture
Collection: Deanery Collection
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 chased brass bed frame, like its twin (Deanery.453), was purchased by Mary Elizabeth Garrett for her home in Baltimore, Maryland, while she was living there in the 1880s. The pair of beds was commissioned by de Forest from his Ahmedabad workshop; their head- and footboards are decorated with perforated copper panels of traditional East Indian design. When Garrett moved into the Deanery at Bryn Mawr in 1904, she brought several pieces of her East Indian furniture with her, including the pair of beds. They can be seen in archival photographs of her bedroom on the second floor of the Deanery.

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