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Kimberley

Furnishing Fabric
ca. 1902 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This woven cotton furnishing fabric was designed by Harry Napper in about 1902. Napper worked for the Silver Studio design firm from 1893, and left in 1898 to work on a freelance basis. He produced a range of successful stylised floral patterns, which clearly showed the influence of European Art Nouveau design. This example is very typical, and uses a fashionable poppy motif. It was sold at the London department store Liberty & Co, which retailed many fabrics designed by Napper and the Silver Studio.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Jacquard woven cotton
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric 'Kimberley' of Jacquard woven cotton, designed by Harry Napper for The Silver Studio, England, ca. 1902.
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of Jacquard woven cotton. With an Art Nouveau design featuring stylised poppies.
Dimensions
  • Width: 15.5in
  • Length: 26.5in
Credit line
Given by Miss Mary Peerless
Object history
Jacquard woven furnishing cotton; designed by the Silver Studio (design no.12136), by Harry Napper (1860-1940).



Compare the stylised poppies of this Art Nouveau design with the more realistic ones shown on the wallpaper panel nearby.
Production
Design no. 12136
Subjects depicted
Summary
This woven cotton furnishing fabric was designed by Harry Napper in about 1902. Napper worked for the Silver Studio design firm from 1893, and left in 1898 to work on a freelance basis. He produced a range of successful stylised floral patterns, which clearly showed the influence of European Art Nouveau design. This example is very typical, and uses a fashionable poppy motif. It was sold at the London department store Liberty & Co, which retailed many fabrics designed by Napper and the Silver Studio.
Other Number
12136 - Registered Design number
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.250-1966

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record createdJune 29, 2005
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