Upholstery Fabric for the Fisher Theater

A work made of cotton and wool, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; printed.

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  • A work made of cotton and wool, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; printed.

Date:

c. 1928

Artist:

Designed by Mrs. Howard C. Blake (American) for Anker S. Graven and Arthur Guy Mayger Architectural Firm (American, active c. 1891–1948)
United States, Michigan, Detroit

About this artwork

This velvet was designed to fit into the highly fantastical and elaborate Pre-Columbian inspired interior of the Fisher Theater in Detroit, illustrated in the panel to the left. The brightly colored and boldly patterned fabric, which features an abstract figure, coordinated with the overall theatricality of the environment. Pre-Columbian art and architecture became increasingly popular among American designers during the 1920s and ‘30s, in part due to the perception that these ancient art forms set a precedent for American artistic achievement independent of Europe.
—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

Mrs. Howard C. Blake (Designer)

Title

Upholstery Fabric for the Fisher Theater

Origin

United States

Date

1918–1938

Medium

Cotton and wool, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut solid velvet; printed

Dimensions

183.5 x 141.3 cm (72 1/4 x 55 5/8 in.) Repeat: 68.4 x 68.5 cm (27 x 27 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Ralph P. Youngren

Reference Number

1990.516

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