Marion Mahler
Marion Mahler
Marion Mahler

Marion Mahler
1952

Marion Mahler (1911-1983) Austrian born had trained at the Kuntgewerbeschule in Vienna  1929-32) and at the Royal State Academy, with some of her early designs being produced by the Wiener Werkstatte.  She arrived in Britain in 1937 as Marianne Mahler and worked as a free-lance,  having supplied leading firms with her designs before the war.  During the early 1950's she produced many designs for David Whitehead's Contemporary Prints, Britain's most dynamic printed textile company. Based in Rawtenstall, Lancashire by 1948 the company was directed by architect Dr John Murray, whose ambition was to establish the Company in the forefront of contemporary design and to make good designs available on the mass market. He wrote an article on his philosophy The cheap need not be cheap and nasty which was published in Design , Dec 1950. Twenty of their designs were chosen to be displayed at the Festival of Britain andon the SS Campania, the touring ship of the fesitval.Marion Mahler, Austrian born had trained at the Kuntgewerbeschule in Vienna during the 1920', with some of her early designs being produced by the Wiener Werkstatte.  She arrived in Britain in 1937 as Marianne Mahler having supplied leading firms with her designs before the war. During the early 1950's she produced many designs for David Whitehead's Contemporary Prints, Britain's most dynamic printed textile company. Based in Rawtenstall, Lancashire by 1948 the company was directed by architect Dr John Murray, whose ambition was to establish the Company in the forefront of contemporary design. To make good designs available on the mass market. He wrote an article on his philosophy The cheap need not be cheap and nasty.

 

Description

roller printed with a repeat of rounded squares filled with a village scene of s cluster of houses and trees, the rounded rectangles with a knarled tree, all in soft grey/blue, green, yellow and brown on a soft red ground printed with small leaf sprigs, 90 x 1.65 cm drop.

Condition

Slight fading to the right hand side 6 cm wide. I would say the top 12 in; 30 cm of the piece is original colour and the lower part very very slightly faded. You will notice the green on the houses in the top section which is feint on section below. Also notice the yellow background to the trees on the top section which is missing below. 

 

Comments

Jackson, Lesley 20th Century Pattern Design. Textile & Wallpaper Pioneers. p 101.

Peat, Alan David Whitehead Ltd. Artist Designed Textiles 1952-1969.

 

Price: £75 | $100 | €80

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