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Door curtain
  • Door curtain
    Hansen, Frida, born 1855 - died 1935
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Door curtain

  • Place of origin:

    Oslo (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hansen, Frida, born 1855 - died 1935 (designer)
    Det Norske Billedvoeveri (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in hand-spun and hand-dyed wools

  • Museum number:

    1683-1900

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This double-sided hanging was described as a 'real innovation' by the jurors of the Exposition Universelle at Paris in 1900, where it was awarded a gold medal, and its weaver and designer, Frida Hansen, director of the DNB, given special praise. It was designed to hang in a doorway and to be semi-transparent. The hanging was acquired directly from the Exposition for this museum.

Physical description

Tapestry hanging (door curtain), woven, hand-spun and hand-dyed wools

Place of Origin

Oslo (made)

Date

1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Hansen, Frida, born 1855 - died 1935 (designer)
Det Norske Billedvoeveri (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in hand-spun and hand-dyed wools

Marks and inscriptions

DNB 1900 XIV

Dimensions

Length: 376 cm, Width: 129.5 cm, Length: 345 cm, Weight: 13 kg

Object history note

Awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle at Paris in 1900.
Designed to hang in a doorway and to be semi-transparent, the fragility of this heavy hanging means it must now be supported on a backboard.

Historical context note

At the time of the manufacture Frida Hansen was the Artistic Director of 'Det Norske Billedvoeveri'.

Descriptive line

Woven tapestry door curtain, designed by Frida Hansen, made by Det Norske Billedvoeveri; Norway (Oslo), 1900.

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

Greenhalgh, Paul Ed., Art Nouveau : 1890 - 1914. London: V&A Publications, 2000. 464 p., 11.11pl, ill. ISBN 1851772774

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

At the time of the manufacture Frida Hansen was the Artistic Director of 'Det Norske Billedvoeveri'. The tapestry was exhibited at the Exposition universelle, Paris 1900 (class 70). Designed to hang in a doorway and to be semi-transparent, the fragility of this heavy hanging means it must now be supported on a backboard. [1987-2006]

Materials

Wool (textile)

Techniques

Hand spinning; Dyeing

Subjects depicted

Flower; Plant; Zigzags

Categories

Textiles; Interiors; Tapestry

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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