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Drawing, Textile Design: Japonisme

This is a drawing. It was made for Warner and Sons, Ltd.. It is dated ca. 1874–80 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This textile design’s gold tones, stylized leaves, and blooming flowers create a flat and shallow surface, a defining quality of Aesthetic Movement ornament influenced by the mania for Japanese woodblock prints and other Edo exports. In the late 19th century, Warner and Sons was a leading weaver of furnishing silk. This design for an interior fabric would have been executed in metallic threads, which, when met with light, would further contribute to its emphasis on surface ornament.

It is credited Museum Purchase.

  • Vase (USA)
  • silver, gold, copper, and mixed metals.
  • Gift of the daughters of Louis deBébian Moore.
  • 1976-58-1-a/f

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Its dimensions are

62 × 69.9 cm (24 7/16 × 27 1/2 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 91.4 cm (28 × 36 in.)

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Drawing, Textile Design: Japonisme; Made for Warner and Sons, Ltd. (United Kingdom); England; brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper; 62 × 69.9 cm (24 7/16 × 27 1/2 in.) Mat: 71.1 × 91.4 cm (28 × 36 in.); Museum Purchase; 1982-50-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Passion for the Exotic: Japonism and The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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