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Design - Design for Berlin Wool Work
  • Design for Berlin Wool Work
    Wittich, Grünthal, Nicolai
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Design for Berlin Wool Work

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Berlin (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1825-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wittich, Grünthal, Nicolai (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lt. Col R G Elwes OBE

  • Museum number:

    E.1497-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 4, box A

This is an example of a hand-painted embroidery design for a wreath of roses for Berlin wool work. Berlin wool work is embroidery with Berlin wools or any type of thread or beads on canvas by means of copying a coloured chart known as a Berlin pattern. Almost exclusively confined to the 19th century, Berlin wool derived its name from the wool that came from Merino sheep in Saxony. It was taken to Gotha to be spun and on to Berlin to be dyed. The production of this wool was discontinued in the 1930s. Prior to the introduction of Berlin patterns it was very rare to find any indication about the choice of colour or threads. Berlin patterns were always coloured by hand at first, until the emergence of industrial printing techniques. The names of a few Berlin pattern makers are often seen on examples such as here with Hertz and Wegener. Others include L.W.Wittich, Carl F.W.Wicht, A.Todt and G.E.Falbe. Unfortunately no records remain about these printers and hence very little is known about them.

Physical description

This is a square embroidery design of a wreath of roses and leaves in pink, green, yellow, orange, and red on a grid.

Place of Origin

Berlin (city) (made)

Date

1825-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Wittich, Grünthal, Nicolai (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour and ink

Dimensions

Height: 27 cm, Width: 27.5 cm

Descriptive line

Design for Berlin wool work by Wittich, Grünthal and Nicolai, Berlin, second quarter of the 19th century

Materials

Watercolour on paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Wreaths (costume accessories); Roses (flowers)

Categories

Embroidery

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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