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Furnishing fabric - Villa Louis Acanthus
  • Villa Louis Acanthus
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896
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Villa Louis Acanthus

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed)
    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1876 (designed)
    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (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 William Morris's 'Acanthus' furnishing in pink and red on a dark red ground. A repeating pattern of large scale acanthus leaves with sprigs of willow.

Place of Origin

England (designed)
USA (made)


1876 (designed)
2001 (made)


Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Scalamandré (maker)

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'"(Villa Louis) Acanthus" fabric # copyright © MCMXCI Scalamandré reproduction exclusive printed design for State Historical Society of Wisconsin.'
1) Makers's mark; Selvedge


Length: 91.5 cm, Width: 144 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 William Morris in 1876. 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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