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These two fabrics are samples from a Bianchini-Férier pattern book of 1923. Sample 15846 is a design of numerals in black and red. Sample 15888 is of a bouquet of brilliantly coloured flowers on a black ground.
The Lyon-based silk manufacturer Bianchini-Férier was known for its innovative and lively fabrics in bright colours. In 1909 Charles Bianchini, one of the partners in the firm, had visited Vienna, a leading city for textile design. He subsequently established an office in Paris. This enabled him to cultivate good relations with the top Parisian couturiers, such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret, who all bought dress fabrics from him. He also employed chic illustrators like Paul Iribe (1883-1935), Charles Martin (1848-1934) and Georges Barbier (1882-1932) to design textiles for the firm.
Pattern book of samples. The designs are numbered 15800 to 15899.
The following is a list, by serial number, of the most significant or easily identifiable designs in the pattern book:
15809 is annotated 'Vincenzi' on the right hand page.
15837 Paris: Coin de Fluêtre designed by Raoul Dufy 28/08/1923. The sample is missing.
15846 Numbers in black and red.
15888 Bouquet of brilliantly coloured flowers on a black ground.
15889 Dahlias designed by Robert Bonfils 16/10/1923. Large flower in silver on a black ground with a border of chiffon with printed flowers and leaves in blue, burgundy, dark green and yellow.
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Length: 22 cm 15846, Width: 9 cm 15846, Length: 25 cm 15888, Width: 20 cm 15888, Width: 32 cm book 0.5cm, Length: 43 cm book 0.5cm, Thickness: 10 cm book 0.5cm, Weight: 4.87 kg book
Object history note
Purchased. Registered File number 1992/1253.
Pattern book of woven silks samples, Bianchini-Férier, Lyon, 1923.
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London: V&A Publications, 2003. Plates 22 and 23.
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