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Antique Society Silk Embroidered Tea Cloth

"Pomegranates" of William Morris Influence

Item Number T22505

William Morris, semi-modern "Renaissance man" of the 19th century, was best known for his influence on the design culture and trends in the later half of the 19th century.  He is considered to be the father of the Arts and Crafts movement.  His influence was seen in interior design on wallpaper most notably, but also in theme and coloration in all of the decorative arts.  One of his favorite design mediums was tapestry and weaving -- his original pieces were astounding works of art which inspired other pieces, like the one below, that were intended to be used in the home. This period piece contains many "Morris-esque" design qualities that suggest it could be attributed to his  influence.  The acanthus leaves and pomegranates were among his most famous "trademarks" as were the themes of repetition and interlacing vines.  Themes of opposing color and tone on tone shading, I've read, were also hallmarks of his influence.

The society silk style of embroidery began as a past time in England long before it came to America.  "Society silk" is thought to be a popular reference to the Royal Society of Embroidery that produced the silk floss, embroidery patterns and promoted the cottage industry of embroidering finer pieces.  This glorious piece of embroidery was executed in the society silk style and reflects a period William Morris aesthetic.

Rich shading in gold and champaign silk accentuate the fluid nature of this William Morris inspired design of pomegranates and Arts & Crafts mums.  The antique linen is medium weight and cream in color (the photos were darkened slightly to show the pattern) and void of flaws except for one or two very tiny holes, shown below.  This piece is remarkable for both it's eclectic period design and it's perfect amazing "designer" piece for your finest tea table. Freshly laundered and pressed, in excellent condition, as described.  c.1890 - 1910  30"

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Antique society silk embroidered "pomegranates" tea cloth

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