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This is a Napkin. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 2018. Its medium is linen. It is a part of the department.

The composition of this napkin celebrates the natural resource of water, giving life to the grass and trees through their roots and to the fish swimming around this textile’s border. The Tree of Life was a common motif in the visual language of art nouveau, popular for its symbolism of strength, rebirth, and beauty. This textile depicts nature as an active and connected ecosystem, with trees and plants central to the story.

This object was donated by Suzanne McIntire. It is credited Gift of Suzanne McIntire.

  • Napkin (England)
  • linen.
  • Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt and Sarah Cooper Hewitt Funds.
  • 1990-29-1
  • Frieze, Stamford
  • block-printed and stenciled paper.
  • Gift of Roger Warner.
  • 1955-144-5
  • Tablecloth
  • linen.
  • Gift of Suzanne McIntire.
  • 2018-32-1

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Napkin
  • linen.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors.
  • 1990-150-4

Its dimensions are

H x W: 38.8 × 37.5 cm (15 1/4 × 14 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Napkin; linen; H x W: 38.8 × 37.5 cm (15 1/4 × 14 3/4 in.); Gift of Suzanne McIntire; 2018-32-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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