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Attributed to
Lockwood de Forest
American (1850 - 1932) Primary

Sofa with Stenciled Design

ca. 1894
Wood, paint, upholstery

42 in. x 73 1/4 in. x 30 3/4 in. (106.68 cm x 186.06 cm x 78.11 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2012.4.5
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Culture/Nationality: American
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 large, oak wood sofa is stenciled in black paint in a curvilinear floral design, similar to other stencil work attributed to Lockwood de Forest found on furniture and furnishings as well as ceilings, walls, and floors throughout the Deanery. The sofa is sturdy and functional, notably different than other furnishings de Forest supplied for the Deanery yet still fitting the Arts and Crafts aesthetic he maintained in his interior design for the building.

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