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Hanging

A work made of linen, plain weave; appliqued with linen, plain weaves; embroidered with silk floss in long and short, chain, buttonhole, cretan variation, scroll, ladder, cross, and detached cross stitches; laid work and couching; french knots; lined with linen, plain weave.

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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; appliqued with linen, plain weaves; embroidered with silk floss in long and short, chain, buttonhole, cretan variation, scroll, ladder, cross, and detached cross stitches; laid work and couching; french knots; lined with linen, plain weave.

Date:

1916

Artist:

Constance Smedley Armfield (English, 1875-1941)
Maxwell Ashby Armfield (English, 1881-1972)
United States

About this artwork

Husband and wife as well as artistic partners, Maxwell and Constance Armfield were strongly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. They collaborated on projects in a variety of media, including embroidery. From 1915 to 1922, the Armfields lived in the United States, dividing their time between New York and California. This decorative hanging presents a lunette-shaped scene of two exotically dressed human figures and a goat walking through a forest. The image is rendered in the flat, unshaded, naïve style characteristic of Arts and Crafts needlework. The presence of both artists’ monograms and the year 1916 indicate that they made this piece during their American years.
-A Global View: Recent acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Maxwell Ashby Armfield

Title

Hanging

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1916

Medium

Linen, plain weave; appliqued with linen, plain weaves; embroidered with silk floss in long and short, chain, buttonhole, Cretan variation, scroll, ladder, cross, and detached cross stitches; laid work and couching; French knots; lined with linen, plain weave

Dimensions

98.4 × 175.3 cm (38 3/4 × 69 in.)

Credit Line

Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Fund

Reference Number

2013.60

Extended information about this artwork

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