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1920

  • Work on this object began.

1930

  • Work on this object ended.

1938

  • We acquired this object.

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Ribbons (France), ca. 1925

This is a Ribbons. It was designed by Herman A. Elsberg. It is dated ca. 1925 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is silk, metal strips wrapped around cotton core and its technique is satin weave with weft patterning. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Stylized florals dominated Jazz Age textile patterns. In more sophisticated designs, stylized flowers and foliage served as the premise for decorative compositions of formal elements. In these ribbons, for example, the roses are essentially circles made up of curvilinear forms to be woven in gold, silver, and bronze metallic threads. Elsberg created five different background colors to display his glittering roses.

This object was bequest of Unknown. It is credited Anonymous bequest in memory of Albert and Rebecca Elsberg.

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Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 121.9 × 30.8 cm (48 × 12 1/8 in.) H x W (b): 56.8 × 32.4 cm (22 3/8 × 12 3/4 in.) H x W (c): 38.7 × 30.8 cm (15 1/4 × 12 1/8 in.) H x W (d): 38.7 × 30.5 cm (15 1/4 in. × 12 in.) H x W (e): 38.4 × 30.8 cm (15 1/8 × 12 1/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Ribbons (France), ca. 1925; Designed by Herman A. Elsberg ((American, 1869–1938)); silk, metal strips wrapped around cotton core; H x W (a): 121.9 × 30.8 cm (48 × 12 1/8 in.) H x W (b): 56.8 × 32.4 cm (22 3/8 × 12 3/4 in.) H x W (c): 38.7 × 30.8 cm (15 1/4 × 12 1/8 in.) H x W (d): 38.7 × 30.5 cm (15 1/4 in. × 12 in.) H x W (e): 38.4 × 30.8 cm (15 1/8 × 12 1/8 in.); Anonymous bequest in memory of Albert and Rebecca Elsberg; 1938-82-184-a/e

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