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Textile, Falcon Hunt, 1920–1930

This is a textile. It was designed by Herman A. Elsberg. It is dated 1920–1930 and we acquired it in 1954. Its medium is silk warp and weft, gold thread is s-wrapped foil, over 2-ply z-twisted cotton and its technique is satin weave with supplementary weft. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Textile designer and scholar Herman Elsberg specialized in the adaptation of historic patterns for interior design. He also owned a textile mill in Lyon, France, where this furnishing fabric was hand-woven on a Jacquard loom. His inspiration for this pattern came from drawings found in the margins of Persian manuscripts.

This object was donated by Miss Jean Elizabeth Mailey. It is credited Gift of Jean Mailey.

  • Textile (USA), 1930–39
  • Warp x Weft: 137 x 90 cm (53 15/16 x 35 7/16 in.).
  • Gift of Ethel Stein in memory of Abbo Ostrowsky.
  • 1996-127-2

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-780

Its dimensions are

H x W: 157.2 × 102.2 cm (5 ft. 1 7/8 in. × 40 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Falcon Hunt, 1920–1930; Designed by Herman A. Elsberg ((American, 1869–1938)); France; silk warp and weft, gold thread is s-wrapped foil, over 2-ply z-twisted cotton; H x W: 157.2 × 102.2 cm (5 ft. 1 7/8 in. × 40 1/4 in.); Gift of Jean Mailey; 1954-170-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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