Doily, Flora's Retinue: Bluebelle
This is a Doily. It was designed by Walter Crane and produced by John Wilson & Sons. It is dated ca. 1891 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is warp: linen; weft: silk and its technique is damask, 4 & 1 satin. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Like many of the pre-Raphaelites he admired, Walter Crane favored mythological subjects. Flora, the goddess of flowers, whose retinue is featured here, had been depicted in botanical and horticultural books since the 16th century. By the 19th century, a personified Flora no longer appeared in scientific texts, yet the goddess and her myths continued as favorite subjects for Victorian artists and designers.
It is credited
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund and through gift of Mrs. Edward Stern.
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Its dimensions are
18 x 18 cm (7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.) fringed on all sides
It has the following markings
"REG'D" in lower left, Walter Crane's monogram in lower right corner
Cite this object as
Doily, Flora's Retinue: Bluebelle; Designed by Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915); Great Britain; warp: linen; weft: silk; 18 x 18 cm (7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.) fringed on all sides; Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund and through gift of Mrs. Edward Stern; 1994-28-4