"Americana Print: Pegs" Textile

Designer Charles B. Falls American
Manufacturer Stehli Silks Corporation American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 909

In 1925 Stehli Silks, a Swiss textile manufacturer with operations in New York, hired Kneeland ("Ruzzi") Green to design contemporary prints for its dress fabrics aimed at the American market. Green became art director within the year. He commissioned fifteen well-known artists who produced eighty designs for the company between 1925 and 1927, ranging from John Held Jr.'s evocations of jazz bands and Charleston dancers to a remarkable series of patterns adapted from photographs taken by Edward Steichen of such mundane objects as matches and matchboxes, sugar lumps, and thread. Another artist hired for the commission was Falls—a prominent printmaker, designer of stage sets and costumes, magazine illustrator, and muralist.

"Americana Print: Pegs" Textile, Charles B. Falls (American, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1874–1960 New York, New York), Printed silk

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