Tiffany Studios New York "Japanese Garden Scene" Picture Frame
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s garden scene showcases a Japanese stream garden or Yaramizu. The stream is a major element in Chinese and Japanese landscape design, partly because it represents the Daoist notion of permanent impermanence, always flowing yet always the same. The garden is decorated with a small bamboo moon bridge, a stone lantern (toro), and teeming with Japanese iris, narcissus, butterflies, and cattails. A knotted willow tree winds its way around the frame. The willow tree was a prominent feature in Hiroshige’s 100 Views of Edo, a series widely disseminated in the West.
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- Curator's Notes
Item #: T-21205
Artist: Tiffany Studios New York
Country: United States
Dimensions: 8.0875" high, 7.125" wide
Signed: Tiffany Studios New York 1104
It is important to remember when considering the incredible care that Louis Comfort Tiffany employed when creating the composition and technical aspect of this picture frame was the excitement around early photography that was culminating at the time. Though still expensive and reserved largely for the elite, the advent of the Kodak "Brownie" in 1900 made higher-quality photography more accessible then ever before, and ignited a craze for having photographs in the home.