Water-pattern textile

Designer Associated Artists American
Probably manufactured by Cheney Brothers American

Not on view

This abstracted water pattern seems to have been derived from a photolithograph in Thomas W. Cutler’s widely read pattern book A Grammar of Japanese Ornament and Design (1880). The plate illustrates fourteen different ways that Japanese artists represented water; one of them is matched almost exactly by the design of this fabric. Pattern books such as Cutler’s helped professional artists and amateurs alike become familiar with the Japanese design vocabulary.

Water-pattern textile, Associated Artists (1883–1907), Silk, woven, American

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