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Furnishing fabric - Elizabeth

Elizabeth

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (known, designed)
    England (known, manufactured)

  • Date:

    2002 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marvic Textiles (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    woven cotton and viscose

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Marvic Textiles

  • Museum number:

    T.158-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The inspiration behind this design is the ornate skirt in a portrait of Elizabeth I which hangs in Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. In the portrait Elizabeth I is dressed in the fashin of the late 1590's in the Queen's colours - white for virginity and black for constancy. She wears a black velvet gown covered in pearls and jewels and a spectacular stomacher and petticoat featuring flowers, birds and sea monsters. The skirt and stomacher are thought to have been a gift to the Queen from Bess of Hardwick, the pattern of flowers and beasts is both symbolic and reflects an interest in the wider, more exotic world gleaned from Elizabethan exploration. The Marvic studio has taken many of the floral elements, eglantines, pinks, pansies and irises, from the original embroidery and added contemporary motifs. The strawberries, dragonflies and butterflies celebrate the relative peace, freedom and environmental awareness of the second Elizabethan age.

Physical description

One metre length lampas from Jubliee range, duck egg blue, 60% cotton, 40% viscose. The pattern of flowers and birds is created with several different coloured yarns in the weft giving the various elements an embroidered look. 76 cms repeat.

Place of Origin

England (known, designed)
England (known, manufactured)

Date

2002 (made)

Artist/maker

Marvic Textiles (designed)

Materials and Techniques

woven cotton and viscose

Dimensions

Length: 100 cm, Width: 155 cm

Historical context note

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Year, Marvic Textiles launched a new upholstery fabric entitled Elizabeth. The inspiration behind the design is the ornate skirt in a portrait of Elizabeth I which hangs in Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. In the portrait Elizabeth I is dressed in the fashin of the late 1590's in the Queen's colours - white for virginity and black for constancy. She wears a black velvet gown covered in pearls and jewels and a spectacular stomacher and petticoat featuring flowers, birds and sea monsters. The skirt and stomacher are thought to have been a gift to the Queen from Bess of Hardwick, the pattern of flowers and beasts is both symbolic and reflects an interest in the wider, more exotic world gleaned from Elizabethan exploration. The Marvic studio has taken many of the floral elements and birds from the petticoat to create a lampas redolent of the original embroidery with symbols to celebrate the second Elizabethan age.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd, Maney 1988, p. 77-79

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commemorative
Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Cotton; Viscose

Techniques

Weaving

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Butterflies; Birds; Swans

Categories

Textiles; Furnishing Fabric; Embroidery

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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