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Small Stem

Furnishing Textile
ca. 1868 (retailed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Block-printed wool, delicate pattern of flowers and leaves in light colours. Curtain of two joined widths of block printed woollen fabric edged in green twilled woollen braid. The design, of meandering naturalistic peonies, roses and bamboo leaves in red, blues, pinks, brown and green is a traditional Bannister Hall print of the 1830's adopted by Morris as one of three designs; the first to be sold by his firm. The blocks, were printed with aniline dyes by Clarksons for Morris and sold throughout the life of Morris & Co. In the twentieth century the design saw a revival in the increased popularity of floral chintz patterns and there is evidence that the design was available until 1940. One of the earliest fabrics to be printed with this design, this wool has a selvedge mark.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Block-printed wool
Brief Description
Printed woollen curtain, retailed by Morris, Marshall Faulkner & Co., ca. 1868
Physical Description
Block-printed wool, delicate pattern of flowers and leaves in light colours. Curtain of two joined widths of block printed woollen fabric edged in green twilled woollen braid. The design, of meandering naturalistic peonies, roses and bamboo leaves in red, blues, pinks, brown and green is a traditional Bannister Hall print of the 1830's adopted by Morris as one of three designs; the first to be sold by his firm. The blocks, were printed with aniline dyes by Clarksons for Morris and sold throughout the life of Morris & Co. In the twentieth century the design saw a revival in the increased popularity of floral chintz patterns and there is evidence that the design was available until 1940. One of the earliest fabrics to be printed with this design, this wool has a selvedge mark.
Dimensions
  • Height: 254cm
  • Width: 175cm
  • Repeat height: 89.5cm
  • Repeat width: 91.5cm
  • Height: 100in
  • Width: 69in
  • Repeat height: 34.5in
  • Repeat width: 36in
  • Weight: 2.57kg
Marks and Inscriptions
'Morris & Company, 26 Queen Square, Bloomsbury' (Selvedge mark)
Credit line
Given by Mr and Mrs M. Woodall
Production
Adapted by William Morris from a 1830's British design
Bibliographic Reference
Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Collection
Accession Number
T.37-1979

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record createdJanuary 20, 2004
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