Textile, Le Feu (Fire), 1925
This is a textile. It was designed by Yvonne Clarinval and manufactured by Tassinari & Chatel. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is warp: silk weft: tussah silk and its technique is compound satin weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Amongst the fierce flames and billowing smoke of this woven design, we find little salamanders, impervious to the fire. Historically in France, the salamander symbolized courage. It was the emblem of King Francis I (r. 1515–1547), who employed the allegorical motif liberally at his majestic chateaux, Fontainebleau and Chambord. This textile was proudly exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1925. With its nationalistic amphibian, Le Feu was a perfect fit for the 1925 Exposition: both declared the grandeur and power of French tradition.
This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled An Unexpected Creature Fuels the Flames of Tradition.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 201.9 x 128 cm (6 ft. 7 1/2 in. x 50 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Textile, Le Feu (Fire), 1925; Designed by Yvonne Clarinval (French, 1884 - 1979); France; warp: silk weft: tussah silk; H x W: 201.9 x 128 cm (6 ft. 7 1/2 in. x 50 3/8 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1931-1-14
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