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Conquistador (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; resist-dyed (batik); printed selvedge.

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; resist-dyed (batik); printed selvedge.

Date:

1966

Artist:

Designed by Larsen Design Studio (American, 1958–1997)
United States, New York, New York

About this artwork

The design of this velvet features a fraught meeting between Spanish colonial design and Incan art and architecture. The pattern’s designer, Jack Lenor Larsen, drew inspiration for the pattern from a carving he saw while in Peru. He has described the resulting textile as his imagining 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.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Larsen Design Studio (Designer)

Title

Conquistador (Furnishing Fabric)

Place

New York City (Object made in)

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Made 1966

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; resist-dyed (batik); printed selvedge

Dimensions

286.6 × 142.3 cm (112 3/4 × 56 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen

Reference Number

1984.1537

Extended information about this artwork

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