Textile Design with Large Stylized Yellow, Orange, Purple and Turquoise Flowers Over a Checked Dark Blue-and-White Background With Rosettes

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 a checked background with scattered dark blue squares with white (unrendered) rosettes with dark blue pistils above which stand out a variety of large stylized flowers: with purple petals with orange or white pistils, with yellow petals, sometimes with orange pistils, some of them with white-and-dark blue eyes or white pearls, with orange petals and blue pistils or turquoise pistils with white pearls, and with turquoise petals, sometimes with purple or fark blue pistils. This design presents a playful re-interpretation of "chintz" textile designs, by using flowers other than roses over a checked background, a trend that was particularly important in the production of American textiles during the 1930s and 1940s.

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