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Textile (USA), 1925–1930

This is a Textile. It was manufactured by Cheney Brothers. It is dated 1925–1930 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is rayon, silk and its technique is jacquard woven in a variety of interlacings. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The image of arch-like jets of water cascading from a fountain – seen in the pattern repeat of this textile – was quite fashionable after the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs. This motif was showcased in the central panel of Oasis, an exotic five-panel iron and brass screen by acclaimed French metalsmith, Edgar Brandt, and one of the most celebrated works from the 1925 Exposition.
Cheney Brothers, a Connecticut based silk manufacturer, had a long association with Brandt. In 1924 they introduced Prints Ferronier, a collection of printed textiles inspired by his metalwork. That same year, they commissioned him to design and fabricate metal work for their NYC showroom building, where Brandt utilized the iconic fountain and arches of falling water motif. The Cheney Brothers pattern may also have been inspired by Édouard Bénédictus’ design for the textile Les Jets d’Eau, which also features the recognizable fountain motif in a woven form.

It is credited Museum purchase from Pauline Cooper Noyes Fund.

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Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 192.7 × 119 cm (6 ft. 3 7/8 in. × 46 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile (USA), 1925–1930; Manufactured by Cheney Brothers (United States); rayon, silk; Warp x Weft: 192.7 × 119 cm (6 ft. 3 7/8 in. × 46 7/8 in.); Museum purchase from Pauline Cooper Noyes Fund; 1990-165-1

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

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