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Furnishing fabric - Villa Louis Persian Thistle
  • Villa Louis Persian Thistle
    Wardle, Thomas, born 1831 - died 1909
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Villa Louis Persian Thistle

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed)
    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1880s (designed)
    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wardle, Thomas, born 1831 - died 1909 (designer)
    Scalamandré (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    'Hand printing' (probably screen) onto cotton velveteen.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gail Caskey Winkler.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A direct copy of an original Thomas Wardle textile of the 1880s. Formal Persian inspired design of stylised floral pattern in white on a dark turquoise blue ground.

Place of Origin

England (designed)
USA (made)


1880s (designed)
2001 (made)


Wardle, Thomas, born 1831 - died 1909 (designer)
Scalamandré (maker)

Materials and Techniques

'Hand printing' (probably screen) onto cotton velveteen.

Marks and inscriptions

'"Villa Louis Persian Thistle" fabric 16294 copyright Scalamandré reproduction exclusive printed design for State Historical Society of Wisconsin.'
1) Makers's mark; Selvedge


Length: 92.5 cm, Width: 145 cm

Object history note

The donor was in charge of the refurbishment of Villa Louis (see Historical Significance). The V&A had identified and dated the originals.

Historical significance: This is a reproduction of a furnishing found in Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, when the house was undergoing restoration and refurbishment. It was reprinted to be used in the house as new.

Descriptive line

Printed cotton velveteen furnishing

Production Note

A textile design originally by Thomas Wardle in the 1880s. This reproduction version was printed by Scalamandré, USA in 2001.


Cotton; Velveteen


Printing; Screen printing


Textiles; Furnishing Fabric


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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