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Wey
1883

Wonderful colours. Would make a very nice present.

Description

designed by William Morris indigo discharged and block printed on cotton, with part of a large flowerhead in shades of blue, green, ochre and pink, 3 1/ x 5 in; 9 x 13 cm; now mounted on a washed yellow ground, and in a card mount with watercolour lines, 7 x 10 in; 18 x 26 cm

Condition

Excellent.

Comments

This design was printed at Merton Abbey in Surrey. Of the nineteen patterns registered by Morris & Co between May 1882 and September 1885, seventeen were designed to be printed by the indigo discharge method. This design had additional half tones of indigo and weld providing shades of blue, white, green and yellow. Wey is one of the tributaries of the River Thames. The design is a diagonal slant, reminescent of 17th century velvet designs. Wonderful to have a small piece of Morris & Co fabric.

Parry, Linda William Morris Textiles p 49

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