Florence

A work made of cotton, twill weave with supplementary pile wefts forming cut solid 'velvet'; block printed.
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  • A work made of cotton, twill weave with supplementary pile wefts forming cut solid 'velvet'; block printed.

Date:

c. 1890 (produced c. 1890/1917)

Artist:

Designed by John Henry Dearle (English, 1860–1932)
Produced by Morris and Company, 1861–1940
Woven and printed at Merton Abbey Works (English, 1881-1940)
England, Surrey, Wimbledon

About this artwork

Rather than velvet, this upholstery fabric is velveteen, the distinction being that the pile for velveteen is made from supplementary wefts (horizontal fibers), rather than supplementary warps (vertical or longitudinal fibers). Velveteen, often made of cotton, has a less dense pile than velvet and usually is cheaper to produce. Printed designs on velveteen, such as this one, reflect modern efforts to imitate the luxurious sensation of velvet pile while offering consumers a more durable and less costly alternative.
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59

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Artist

John Henry Dearle (Designer)

Title

Florence

Origin

London

Date

1885–1895

Medium

Cotton, twill weave with supplementary pile wefts forming cut solid 'velvet'; block printed

Inscriptions

Inscription (on left selvage): REGD MORRIS & COMPANY 449 OXFORD STREET LONDON.W

Dimensions

184.4 x 68.7 cm (72 5/8 x 27 in.) Repeat: 43.1 x 32 cm (17 x 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Louise Lutz Endowment

Reference Number

1996.65

Extended information about this artwork

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