Sheila Hicks conceived this work after a winter trip to Normandy, France. She successfully recreated the effect of snow piled high on the rooftops by overlapping layers of tassels made from bleached linen thread to produce a luxuriantly thick, soft-white relief.
the artist, Paris (1985–86; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.
Andover, Mass. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," November 5, 2010–February 27, 2011, unnumbered cat. (p. 65, as "Linen Lean-to").
Philadelphia. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," March 25–August 7, 2011, unnumbered cat.
Charlotte, N.C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years," October 1, 2011–January 29, 2012, unnumbered cat.
Martin Filler inHigh Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, , pp. 185–86, fig. 5.23 (color, installation photo, Georg Jensen showroom, New York, ca. 1968), discusses "Pony Tail Forest Wall Hanging," a larger series created for the Georg Jensen showroom, for which this work was originally designed.
Amelia Peck in "Twentieth Century Art." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1985–1986. New York, 1986, p. 69, ill., calls it "Linen Lean-to".
Joan Simon and Susan C. Faxon. Sheila Hicks: 50 Years. Exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. New Haven, 2010, pp. 36, 235, ill. p. 65 (color).