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What is this?

Length of printed velveteen with overlapping sets of three off-set, tangent, rounded squares, in rust, dark orange, and light orange on a white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

Gaetano Pesce was trained as an architect in Italy, but has also practiced in Paris and currently works in the United States. An extremely successful and influential designer, Pesce has established a reputation as an architect who is opposed to specialization. He has experimented, in his words, in “all fields of creative activity.” His multidisciplinary approach has led him into many areas of industrial design and art. Pesce’s designs for textiles represent one of his forays into another medium and are quite rare. He produced a small collection of furnishing fabrics, wall hangings, and carpets in 1968 for Expansion in Bologna. In 1970, he produced several printed velvets for another Italian company,... more

This is a textile from Italy. It is dated 1970 and we acquired it in 2001. Gift of The Lake St. Louis Historical Society.

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Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: screen printed on velvet supplementary weft pile (velveteen)

Its dimensions are

H x W: 411.5 x 130.8 cm (162 x 51 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

"Motus" Collezione Expansion-Bologna-Italia-Disegno di Gaetano Pesce (printed in selvedge)

This object was manufactured by Expansion and designed by Gaetano Pesce

This object was donated by The Lake St. Louis Historical Society and agent: Exhibitions International

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