Drawing, Textile Design: Diomedes, 1919
While early Wiener Werkstätte designs featured primarily sober geometric forms, Dagobert Peche’s work for the studio introduced a flourish of asymmetrical patterns and organic elements. Spear-shaped leaves were a hallmark of Peche’s style in many of his textile and wallpaper patterns, and here they add whimsy to the linear pattern, perhaps suggesting terraced vines. His titles for textile designs also reflect a stubborn sense of humor—though a playful or descriptive name might have made this textile more marketable, Peche named it instead after a Trojan War hero. The 2 gouache drawings were most likely used by the offices of the Werkstätte to record the available colorways for the Diomedes pattern during the time of its production from 1919–28. Fashionable upper-middle class women bought textiles designed and produced by the Wiener Werkstätte for interior furnishings and fashionable clothing.
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Its dimensions are
17.5 × 27 cm (6 7/8 × 10 5/8 in.)
It has the following markings
Stamp in red ink, lower right: WIENER / WERKE / STÄTTE
It is inscribed
Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower right: Dessin: "Diomedes"; in blue crayon, upper right (vertically): 14
Cite this object as
Drawing, Textile Design: Diomedes, 1919; Austria; brush and gouache on paper; 17.5 × 27 cm (6 7/8 × 10 5/8 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Collections Acquisition and Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds; 1988-62-619
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.