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Offered here is an exceedingly rare Morris Marshall Faulkner & Co embroidered velvet bell pull dating to circa 1865 (see below), delicately embroidered in silk with striking Morrisian patterning of flowers and foliage in green, white, brown and white on an olive green ground, 260 x 10.5cm. This enormously scarce Arts and Crafts item was most probably designed by William Morris or Ford Madox Brown. Linda Parry, in her excellent book, "William Morrs," (Wilson, 1996) describes this bell pull on page 239, Entry M.13: "Designed by William Morris, or possibly, Ford Madox Brown, c. 1865. Manufactured by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Brass fastenings and ring: velvet embroidered with silks in stem, satin stitches and couching." The dimensions provided, match ours. Parry continues, "An early example of a practial domestic object purhcased from the firm. The design and shape resembles an ecclesiastical stole." Ford Madox Brown's household account book mentions "two sets of worsted bell ropes" designed for the firm. Provenance: Decorative Arts Phillips Glasgow, Friday 6th October 1995, page 20 lot 103,part of a collection by or associated with Morris & Company, formed circa 1918-1940 and originally purchased from Morris & Co. in Hanover Square, London. Parry further cites, "Another version of this object survives and was bought from the Oxford Street shop in the 1920's." Our item is believed to be one of the examples mentioned by Parry ("two sets of worsted bell ropes" ). Of utmost rarity; a most desirable early Morris and Co. tembroidered textile and brass bell pull. Remarkably preserved.
Price: $4,250.00 Item #4416