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Furnishing Fabric

1983 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jacquard woven woollen furnishing fabric with two motifs fitted into 36 inches (91.5 cms). The pattern shows alternating pairs of confronting birds in flight and resting on a leaf. Artichoke motifs separate the two sets of birds motifs with a surrounding floral design of flower buds, sunflower heads and acanthus leaves. Colouring in cream, pink, green and pale blue on a dark blue ground. Three paper tickets are attached to the fabric, two of which are printed with technical details of the textile.

Top and bottom edges of the fabric are overworked in white and blue cotton.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Jacquard woven wool and cotton
Brief Description
Jacquard woven woollen furnishing fabric, after an 1878 design 'Bird' by William Morris, made by Scalamandré, United States, 1983.
Physical Description
Jacquard woven woollen furnishing fabric with two motifs fitted into 36 inches (91.5 cms). The pattern shows alternating pairs of confronting birds in flight and resting on a leaf. Artichoke motifs separate the two sets of birds motifs with a surrounding floral design of flower buds, sunflower heads and acanthus leaves. Colouring in cream, pink, green and pale blue on a dark blue ground. Three paper tickets are attached to the fabric, two of which are printed with technical details of the textile.



Top and bottom edges of the fabric are overworked in white and blue cotton.
Dimensions
  • Length: 34.25in
  • Width: 32in
  • Length: 87cm
  • Width: 81.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Scalamandré historic fabric. Reproduced for the William Morris Society from Original Document' and [overleaf] '100% wool' (printed on a label)
  • 'WILLIAM MORRIS BIRD - WOOL IN GRAIN / NO: 97 373 - 1 / WIDTH: 33 ins / QUANTITY: 23 3/4" X FW / REPEAT: 23 3/4" / COLOR: BLUES, GREEN, RED / CHARACTERISTIC: SPECKS, SHADING, DARK ANIMAL FIBRE' (printed on a label)
Credit line
Given by Adriana Scalamandré Bitter
Production
Originally designed in 1878 as a double cloth and with three design motifs.
Collection
Accession Number
T.211-1983

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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