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La Promenade en Bois

Furnishing Fabric
1920s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Alberto Fabio-Lorenzi designed this woven silk furnishing fabric for Bianchini-Férier about 1931. Lorenzi was also a graphic artist known for his fashion plates. Here he depicts fashionably dressed women surrounded by flowers. The silk manufacturers Bianchini-Férier were known for their innovative and lively fabrics in bright colours. Lyon was famous for its silk industry, which had flourished since the 1500s. It was a major producer of luxury goods for a worldwide market. This was an era when the French government actively promoted this sector, since they sought to establish French design as the foremost in Europe.

In 1909 Charles Bianchini, one of the partners in the firm, had visited Vienna, a leading city for textile design. He subsequently established an office in Paris. This enabled him to cultivate good relations with the top Parisian couturiers, such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret, who all bought dress fabrics from him. He also employed chic illustrators such as Paul Iribe (1883-1935), Charles Martin (1848-1934) and Georges Barbier (1882-1932) to design textiles for the firm.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleLa Promenade en Bois (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Woven silk and mercerised cotton
Brief description
Woven silk, French, 1920s.
Physical description
Fashionably clad women surrounded by flowers in urns, large blooms and dogs chasing eachother. The pattern is delineated in dark blue on a lime green ground.
Style
Marks and inscriptions
Summary
Alberto Fabio-Lorenzi designed this woven silk furnishing fabric for Bianchini-Férier about 1931. Lorenzi was also a graphic artist known for his fashion plates. Here he depicts fashionably dressed women surrounded by flowers. The silk manufacturers Bianchini-Férier were known for their innovative and lively fabrics in bright colours. Lyon was famous for its silk industry, which had flourished since the 1500s. It was a major producer of luxury goods for a worldwide market. This was an era when the French government actively promoted this sector, since they sought to establish French design as the foremost in Europe.

In 1909 Charles Bianchini, one of the partners in the firm, had visited Vienna, a leading city for textile design. He subsequently established an office in Paris. This enabled him to cultivate good relations with the top Parisian couturiers, such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret, who all bought dress fabrics from him. He also employed chic illustrators such as Paul Iribe (1883-1935), Charles Martin (1848-1934) and Georges Barbier (1882-1932) to design textiles for the firm.
Bibliographic reference
Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 18.
Collection
Accession number
T.4-1932

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Record createdAugust 14, 2002
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