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Furnishing fabric - Burgos


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Napper, Harry, born 1860 - died 1930 (designer)
    The Silver Studio (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ribbed silk damask

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Mary Peerless

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk damask furnishing fabric was probably designed in about 1900 by Harry Napper for the Silver Studio. The dynamic movement of the leaves and flowers of the design is typical of Art Nouveau style motifs. Napper worked for the textile design firm the Silver Studio from 1893 and left in 1898 to work on a free-lance basis. Absorbing the most fashionable elements of British and Continental design at the end of the 19th century, Napper produced a range of very successful stylised floral designs. He sold to many manufacturers, including G. P. & J. Baker and his textiles were particularly popular in France.

The Silver Studio was established near London in 1880 by Arthur Silver and mainly produced repeating designs for furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and floor coverings. All the leading British textile designers at the turn of the 19th centuy bought designs from the Silver Studio, which was known for its Art Nouveau patterns.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of heavy ribbed silk damask.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1900 (made)


Napper, Harry, born 1860 - died 1930 (designer)
The Silver Studio (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Ribbed silk damask

Marks and inscriptions

Burgos 2 5194 Col.315


Length: 38 cm, Width: 66 cm, Length: 15 in, Width: 26 in

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Burgos' of ribbed silk damask, probably designed by Harry Napper, designed for the Silver Studios, London, ca. 1900

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

Parry, Linda. British Textiles from 1850 to 1900 London : Victoria and Albert Museum 1993. Plate 132.






Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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