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Textile, Spice Garden

This is a Textile. It was designed by June Groff and produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is 66% silk, 34% cotton and its technique is printed on handwoven warp-faced plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Spice Garden, introduced in 1954, was Larsen’s first printed upholstery. The pattern of scattered flowers and foliage, abstract textures, and unusual use of color combined to tap into the 1950s vogue for ‘organic’ design. The design was an immediate success, and remained in the line for thirty years. The design was drawn by June Groff and was originally hand-printed in her studio, but due to high demand, the production was moved to commercial printers. At least ten colorways were developed, requiring up to nine color screens each, and the pattern was offered on a variety of ground fabrics, from linen to cotton velveteen.

This object was donated by Longhouse Reserve. It is credited Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 139.1 × 127 cm (54 3/4 in. × 50 in.) Repeat H: 73.7 cm (29 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Spice Garden; Designed by June Groff (American, 1903–1974); 66% silk, 34% cotton; H x W: 139.1 × 127 cm (54 3/4 in. × 50 in.) Repeat H: 73.7 cm (29 in.); Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve; 2016-32-19

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