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Set of furnishing fabrics - Wigram


  • Object:

    Set of furnishing fabrics

  • Place of origin:

    Hertfordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duncan, Mary (designer)
    Cresta Silks Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed spun rayon

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.107 to E-1947

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mary Duncan designed this print for Cresta Silks Limited of Welwyn Garden City in 1947, and it was produced as dress fabric. The company had specialised in block-printed silk dress fabrics, but after the Second World War screen-printing was introduced, which allowed more flexibility for design. Cresta Silks fabrics were produced for an upper-middle class market, and were sold through mail order as well as their own shops. Other designs were also commissioned after the war, including prints by Graham Sutherland and Lara McKinnon, with the painter Patrick Heron as head designer. Prints by Duncan for Cresta Silks often had a loose, paintly nature.

Physical description

Set of furnishing fabrics of screen-printed spun rayon. Abstract pattern of purple, pink and grey on a white and mustard ground.

Place of Origin

Hertfordshire (made)


1947 (made)


Duncan, Mary (designer)
Cresta Silks Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed spun rayon


Height: 19.5 cm repeat, Length: 18 in each, Width: 24 in each

Descriptive line

Set of furnishing fabrics 'Wigram' of screen-printed spun rayon, designed by Mary Duncan, made by Cresta Silks Ltd., Hertfordshire, 1947

Production Note

Cresta Silks Ltd was founded in 1929 by Tom Heron and specialised in the production of innovative block printed silk dress fabrics designed by leading British painters including Paul Nash and Cedric Morris.

Reason For Production: Retail




Screen printed


Textiles; Interiors

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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