Brass Cutout. Designer: Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850-1932 Santa Barbara, California). Dimensions: H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm). Date: ca. 1892.
A key figure in the Aesthetic movement, New York-born artist Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) was very inspired by Indian arts and crafts, and created the Ahmedabad Woodcarving Company in Gujarat, which exported many items to the United States. These cut and chased brass cutouts, designed by de Forest, were based on examples found in wood, plaster, and stone in Indian architecture. In his designs, they would have been used as ornament on architecture or furniture. Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.