Textile (France), 1925
Technique: damassée, 7\1 satin and 1\3 twill
Label: silk damassée.
Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund and through gift of various donors. 1990-128-1.
- Designed by André Mare
What is this?
Two vertical columns with bowls of fruit resting on flower filled cornucopias, with curving, feathery acanthus. In light pink on a dark pink ground.
Why is this important?
André Mare designed this fabric while working at La Compagnie des Arts Français, which he co-founded with Louis Süe. Both men were trained as painters, but were also well known for their furniture and textile designs. The multi-disciplinary decorating firm was made up of specialized designers, but they also commissioned work from independent artists. These types of companies, known as artistes décorateurs, of which La Compagnie des Arts Français was the most famous, were known for producing this type of eclectic design, the product of a successful dialogue among multiple influences. The layout and subject matter, fruit, flowers, cornucopias and leaves are quite traditional, indicative of a trend to historic revival, while the simplified, flattened look of those lushly saturated motifs coupled with a restrained colorway can be characterized as Art Deco.