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Doily, Flora's Retinue: Poppy

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 linen warp, silk weft and its technique is 4&1 satin damask. 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.

  • Doily, Flora's Retinue: Daisy
  • linen warp, silk weft.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund and through gift of....
  • 1994-28-2
  • Doily, Flora's Retinue: Pink
  • linen warp, silk weft.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund and through gift of....
  • 1994-28-3

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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: Poppy; Designed by Walter Crane ((English, 1845–1915)); Great Britain; linen warp, silk weft; 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; 1994-28-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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