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  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1895-1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen damask

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Derek Hill

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Napkin of linen damask. In the centre is an Art Nouveau design, consisting of an openwork circle from which protrude small leaf forms on the ends of long stems. At the centre of the circle are four square shapes with rounded corners containing oval swirls. This over-within-a-square is repeated around the border where it forms the base of an arch into which more leaf forms hang down. The corners of this border are decorated with oval swirls within two triangles. The damask is woven in a satin of 5. Initials 'J.S.' or 'S.J.' are embroidered in white.

Place of Origin

Belgium (possibly, made)


1895-1905 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen damask

Marks and inscriptions

'J.S.' or 'S.J.' [not certain]
Initials embroidered in white.


Length: 27 in, Width: 28.5 in

Descriptive line

Napkin of linen damask, possibly designed in Belgium, 1895-1905

Production Note

Previously thought to possibly have been designed by Henry van de Velde. Antje Neumann, editor of the Catalogue Raisonné of Henry van de Velde, Weimar Classics Stiftung, states that the pattern is not typical of his style (email to Jenny Lister, 18.2.13).


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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