Textile Design with Round Frames with Sailing Ships, Flowers and Bucket and Shovel Motifs Over a Checked Background

Robert Bryer American

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Vertical panel with a textile design that is part of a group of 266 textile designs by the American artist Robert Bryer, possibly made for United Designing Co., since most of the designs carry a stamp of the "United Designing Co. / WOrth 4 - 8975". Some of them also contain a stamp in the verso of the "Original Designing Company, Inc."

The collection contains a great variety of designs, from the more traditional floral and stripe patterns, to thematic designs based on various travel destinations, with palm trees and other holiday attributes. Especially interesting among these are patterns inspired by textiles and paintings of Native American tribes, including the Inca, Navajo, Aztec and Maya. The patterns are composed of semi-abstract figures distributed across the design in a regular or, in some cases, a more casual fashion. The spontaneity of designs and the use of floral and animal motifs suggest they were created for printed textiles in the forties.

This textile design is made up of diagonal rows of round frames of dark blue color with alternating motifs inside over a checked background made up of intersecting vertical and horizontal groups of three thin dark blue lines over an olive green ground. The intersections of the checked pattern are decorated with small white dots and the inside of the round frames is colored with olive green and contains alternating motifs of a white sailing ship, a pair of red roses in a bundle of small rosettes of dark blue color, a bundle of blue, white and red stylized flowers, and a bucket, shovel and red ball.

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