Tablecloth

Tablecloth
ca. 1905 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A tablecloth of mint green damask, woven with Art Nouveau style roses, circles and squares and arrows, monogrammed BK.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woven linen
Brief Description
A tablecloth of mint green damask, woven with Art Nouveau style roses, circles and squares and arrows, monogrammed BK.
Physical Description
A tablecloth of mint green damask, woven with Art Nouveau style roses, circles and squares and arrows, monogrammed BK.
Dimensions
  • Width: 228cm
  • Height: 150cm
Style
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
B K (Monogram; corner; embroidering)
Object history
This very brightly coloured damask tablecloth (for tea) is an extraordinary product of German manufacturers' work in the early 20th century.
Historical context
Traditionally involved in producing heavy table covers, German designers in the early 20th century were encouraged to produce designs combining traditional floral elements into more stylised modern designs to meet the demand from fashionable retailers. This tablecloth is of a type that would only have been acceptable in avant-garde homes where the new styles from Munich and Weimar were beginning to have a decisive effect of the modern movement as a whole.
Production
Although not identified at the present time, it is possibly the work of one of the leading exponents of the German or Austrian Art Nouveau movement.
Subject depicted
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
T.24:1-1999

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record createdNovember 17, 2003
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