Offered here is a wonderful, original large section of Jacquard double-woven wool "Bird" pattern, designed by William Morris, and most likely made at the Merton Abbey Workshop, Great Britain, 1877-1888 (as per VA Museum). This large swath of fabric, which is double-woven and backed with linen, measures 82 x 38.5 inches (208 x 98 cm), similar to the two furnishings of the "Bird" pattern which hung in Morris' first-floor Drawing Room at Kelmscott House, which Morris himself designed. Linda Parry, in her excellent book, "William Morris" (1996, Wilson) cites the following regarding this enchanting design by Morris: "In 1877, Morris wrote to Thomas Wardle, ëI am studying birds now to see if I canít get some of them into my next design.í This is the first of a group of designs showing pairs of facing birds, perched and in flight. Morrisís inspiration for these patterns came from sixteenth- and seventeenth century Italian woven silks from Lucca and Sicily seen in the collections of the South Kensington Museum. In his lecture ëTextile Fabricsí given at the International Health Exhibition of 1884, he claimed these textiles provided the perfect balance between ëthe wild fantasy and luxurious intricacy of the East with the straight-forward story-telling imaginationÖ of medieval Europe.'î A wonderfully preserved example, with only very slight age wear, barely noticeable, and one small inch-side tear in the fabric with some loss of fabric (easily repaired by expert. What must be considered one of virtually a very few such examples which more than probably was purchased soon after production and hung for decades in a house near London. Indeed, it is tempting to think that someone closely affiliated to Morris obtained the item and decorated their study or living room. Further adding to the intrigue, Parry states in her book, "William Morris Textiles (V&A, 2013), that this textile was the first hand-loom jacquard woveen at Queen Square in London, and later at Merton Abbey. She further states that "in November, 1879, Edward Burne-Jones ordered a set of bed hangings in this textile."
Price: $6,500.00 Item #4420