Bees-and-honeycomb textile

Designer Candace Wheeler American
Associated Artists American
Manufactured by Cheney Brothers American

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Quite similar in design to Candace Wheeler’s prizewinning bees-and-honeycomb wallpaper (1987.1074.1), this fabric was most likely meant to be used for coordinating upholstery. The piece seen here a is a loom trial, woven to find out how the pattern would read in a combination of silk and wool (right side) and in silk alone (left side). The colors employed here are not what the designer intended for the finished product; a trial run simply combined the silk thread of any color already warped on the loom with whatever weft yarns were readily available at the mill. Contemporary sources indicate that this textile pattern was produced in several colorways, including deep blue and brown, throughout the 1880s.

Bees-and-honeycomb textile, Candace Wheeler (American, Delhi, New York 1827–1923 New York), Silk and wool, woven, American

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