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Dress fabric - Piano or Keyboard
  • Piano or Keyboard
    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986
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Piano or Keyboard

  • Object:

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed rayon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This print was designed by the British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986) for the textile firm Ascher Limited in 1948. Along with other British and European artists, Moore was asked by Ascher to design prints for dress fabrics in order to create more exicting textiles than those available during the Second World War. Moore's patterns were actually linear images taken from his sketchbooks. Ascher Limited was founded by Zika and Lida Ascher, from the Czech Republic, in 1942. Along with Alastair Morton of Edinburgh Weavers, Ascher began the practice of working with artists in 1944 to produce innovative textile designs. Dress fabrics from Ascher were very popular with French, British and Italian couturiers in the 1940s, including Christain Dior and Elsa Schiaperelli.

Physical description

Sample of a screen-printed rayon dress fabric. With a semi abstract design of rows of piano keys and hands on a black ground.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1948 (made)


Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
Ascher Ltd (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed rayon

Marks and inscriptions


Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1992/465.

Descriptive line

Sample of a screen-printed rayon dress fabric 'Keyboard', designed by Henry Moore for Ascher Ltd., London, 1948

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail




Screen printed

Subjects depicted

Hands; Keyboards (sound device components)


Textiles; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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