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Furnishing fabric - Purple Bird

Purple Bird

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1899 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
    Alexander Morton & Co. (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and wool double cloth

  • Credit Line:

    Given by C. Cowles Voysey, FRIBA

  • Museum number:

    T.20-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Charles Voysey was one of the most original and influential architects and designers of all forms of decorative art working at the end of the 19th century. In 1882 he set up his own architecture practice and from the late 1880s started to design repeating patterns for wallpaper, woven and printed textiles and carpets.

Voysey's most interesting designs date from this time and show the influence of William Morris's principles of pattern design and use of plant forms and animals as standard motifs. Voysey's textiles are dominated by flowing patterns incorporating birds, deer, hearts, flowers and trees in silhouette. He sold his work to manufacturers such as G. P. & J. Baker, Thomas Wardle and Alexander Morton, and many of his designs were sold through Liberty in London. Voysey's work was well known in continental Europe, and though popular with French Art Nouveau designers, his influence was felt more dramatically by the founders of the Modern movement.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of silk and wool double cloth. With birds facing to the right perched on vertical fruiting stems, in shades of pink, green and tan on a brown ground.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1899 (designed)

Artist/maker

voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
Alexander Morton & Co. (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and wool double cloth

Dimensions

Length: 138 cm, Width: 118.5 cm, Length: 55 in, Width: 48 in

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Purple Bird' of silk and wool double cloth, designed by C. F. A. Voysey for Alexander Morton & Co., Great Britain, 1899

Categories

Textiles; Interiors

Collection code

T&F

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