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Furnishing fabric - Longchamp


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    France (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1919-1920 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dufy, Raoul, born 1877 - died 1953 (designer)
    Bianchini-Férier (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jacquard-woven mercerised cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) designed this woven silk furnishing fabric for Bianchini-Férier in 1919-1920. Dufy was a painter who had exhibited with the Fauves. He began to design textiles for Paul Poiret in 1911. From 1912 until 1930 he designed woven and printed textiles for the silk manufacturers Bianchini-Férier. He created a range of lively fabrics in bright colours, many of which were bought by leading couturiers such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret.

Dufy’s woven and printed silks are recognisably in the same manner as his drawings and paintings. In these, the space is treated decoratively, rather than imposing a fixed perspective. Much avant-garde art of the time employed this technique. Dufy’s intense colours tend to exceed the dynamic lines of the composition. Social gatherings of the beau monde (the fashionable world) were among his favourite subjects, like this depiction of Longchamp racecourse in Paris.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric, jacquard-woven mercerised cotton. The design features mounted jockeys and elegantly dressed racecourse spectators interspersed within a pattern of rose-blooms and rose leaves in salmon pink and mauve.

Place of Origin

France (manufactured)


1919-1920 (manufactured)


Dufy, Raoul, born 1877 - died 1953 (designer)
Bianchini-Férier (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Jacquard-woven mercerised cotton


Length: 96.5 cm, Width: 64.5 cm

Descriptive line

Silk, French, 1931 ca.

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

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 16.
The design is illustrated [p.182] in an article by Henri Clouzot on 'Les Tissus Modernes de Raoul Dufy' in the magazine 'Art et Decoration' December 1920.





Subjects depicted

Horses; Jockeys; People; Roses


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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