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Conquistador

Furnishing Fabric
1966 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Furnishing fabric of wax batik-dyed and printed cotton velvet with a baroque motif, and backed with acrylic latex and siliconed.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Titles
  • Conquistador (assigned by artist)
  • Andean (named collection)
Materials and techniques
Wax batik-dyed and printed cotton velvet, backed with acrylic latex and siliconed
Brief description
Furnishing fabric 'Conquistador' from 'Andean' of wax batik-dyed and printed cotton velvet, designed by Jack Lenor Larsen for Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated, United States, 1966.
Physical description
Furnishing fabric of wax batik-dyed and printed cotton velvet with a baroque motif, and backed with acrylic latex and siliconed.
Dimensions
  • Width: 48in
  • Length: 113.5in
Credit line
Given by Jack Lenor Larsen
Object history
Conquistador was introduced as part of J.L.Larsen's 1967 Andean Collection. It was a successful fabric that became one of their best-known textiles.

Larsen later wrote, in a note held by the company archive, that
“Conquistador is my concept of how an Inca might handle a baroque motif. That is, flatly and without the robust movement typical in Europe. More like the stone walls of Peru”

It was especially scaled to be suitable for upholstery and designed to give an impression of great age, patina and antiquity. For some of the colourways the cloth was double-dyed to create a deep, iridescent patinated effect. The available colourways were "Wild Honey", "Tortoise", "Crimson" and "Bronzed Amethyst", with "Topaz", "Blue Blood", and "Pigeon Blood" added later. In 1985 the company ceased batik production and with it, this fabric ceased being produced.
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.87-1970

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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