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Design - Design for Berlin Wool Work

Design for Berlin Wool Work

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hertz and Wegener (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J Measday

  • Museum number:

    E.1429-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, box T.4.A

This is an example of a hand-painted extravagant floral embroidery design for Berlin wool work. Berlin wool work is embroidery with Berlin wools or any type of thread or beads on canvas by means of copying a coloured chart known as a Berlin pattern. Almost exclusively confined to the 19th century, Berlin wool derived its name from the wool that came from Merino sheep in Saxony. It was taken to Gotha to be spun and on to Berlin to be dyed. The production of this wool was discontinued in the 1930s. Prior to the introduction of Berlin patterns it was very rare to find any indication about the choice of colour or threads. Berlin patterns were always coloured by hand at first, until the emergence of industrial printing techniques. The names of a few Berlin pattern makers are often seen on examples such as here with Hertz and Wegener. Others include L.W.Wittich, Carl F.W.Wicht, A.Todt and G.E.Falbe. Unfortunately no records remain about these printers and hence very little is known about them.

Physical description

This is a square embroidery design signed Hertz and Wegener in Berlin of an abstract floral pattern painted in blue, yellow, brown, orange, green, pink, yellow and black.

Place of Origin

Berlin (city) (made)

Date

1800-1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Hertz and Wegener (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Signed Hertz and Wegener Berlin; marked 7629 in top right hand corner and 210 in the middle at the top and 15 in the bottom left hand corner

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 32 cm

Descriptive line

Design for Berlin wool work by Hertz and Wegener, Berlin, 19th century

Materials

Watercolour on paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Embroidery

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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