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gothic uncial initials for Tiffany Studios’ designed directory in Woolworth building (c. 1912)

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I realize this is likely custom - found above the Tiffany Studios' designed directory in the Woolworth building, NYC (c. 1912) but I can't help but notice the resemblance to some art nouveau stylings. Has anyone seen anything similar before?
asked by heffron (110 points) Jan 18, 2017
edited by Stewf Jan 20, 2017

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While it’s true that some of these forms are found in Art Nouveau letters, I’d call this a Victorian revival of Medieval Monastic Gothics. Similar pseudo-Lombardic shapes are seen in many releases from the late 1800s. Examples:

Armorial/Templar, 1879 (see L, R, H)

Tendril, 1878 (see O, L, R)

Faust Text, 1898


A very nice modern interpretation of this style is Litania (see the Lobardic alt caps).

Lumunari is another (more calligraphic) digital homage to High Middle Ages writing.

answered by Stewf Expert (3,404 points) Jan 20, 2017
selected by heffron Jan 20, 2017