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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1899-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mucha, Alphonse, born 1860 - died 1939 (designer)
    Messrs. Hines, Stroud & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton velveteen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This printed velveteen cushion cover showing a woman surrounded by garlands of flowers was designed by Alphonse Mucha at the end of the 19th century and printed by Messrs. Hines, Stroud & Co., London. The Art Nouveau image of a woman wearing ornate jewellery and a flowing gown, as well as the swirling vegetation, is typical of Mucha's style.

Mucha was a painter and designer born in Moravia who went to Paris in the 1880s to study art. This was a time when barriers between fine art and the applied arts were breaking down and Mucha became celebrated on the Continent for his posters, particularly those of the actress Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha is one of the artists most closely associated with the Art Nouveau period.

Physical description

Cushion cover panel of printed cotton velveteen. With the half figure of a woman holding a flower amongst stylised foliage and plants on a ground covered with sinuous Art Nouveau forms. The flowers and foliage are in yellow, green, pink and lilac. The woman stands in three-quarter profile to the right and holds a daisy. Her long golden hair flows from beneath a tightly fitted cap in red and green. The design is printed over the flat woven selvedges of the cotton velvet. A stem in the lower right bears the signature of the designer.

There is almost a full repeat of the design in the height of the cut panel.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1899-1900 (made)


Mucha, Alphonse, born 1860 - died 1939 (designer)
Messrs. Hines, Stroud & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton velveteen

Marks and inscriptions

On a stem in the lower right, signature of the designer



Length: 25 in, Width: 37.5 in

Descriptive line

Cushion cover panel of printed cotton velveteen, designed by Alphonse Mucha, made by Messrs. Hines, Stroud & Co., London, 1899-1900

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

Parry, Linda. British Textiles from 1850 to 1900 London : Victoria and Albert Museum 1993. Plate 147.






Textiles; Household objects; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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