Marvellous design with each horizontal row containing fifteen different narrow panels. One of my favourite mid-century modern designers. John Piper (1902-1993) designed stained glass windows for Sanderson's new showroom in Berners St, London W1. He also designed the stained glass windows for Oundle School chapel, Oundle, Peterborough, and then re-interpreted the design as a textile Arundel. This was one of five fabrics designed for Sanderson's prestigious Centenary Collection in 1960. The phonetic similarity between Oundle and Arundel also suggets that there was perhaps an error in transciption when the fabric was named, or it was a loose homage.*
The colours are wonderful and were printed on a lovely loose woven Linen Sheer ground, which is more unusual than the sateen cotton ground.
I would consider selling this long length in shorter lengths, if I cannot sell the whole piece. Three strips of "stained glass" would make a fantasic hanging or mounted onto a stretcher.
The selvedge printed with An original screen print by Sanderson, with fifteen different narrow stained glass panels, each with draped figures wearing crowns, of colourful design, in orange, turquoise, red, grey, ochre, green, blue, all on a white linen sheer ground.
8 yds x 47 in; 7.3 x 1.2 m
Height of each stained glass panel, without border is 16 in; 41 cm. 15 complete panels in the width and 15 complete panels in the length.
Mint length. Unused.
*Simon Martin John Piper. The Fabric of Modernism p 26
Jackson, Lesley 20th century Pattern Design. p 154.
Rayner, Geoffrey; Chamberlain, Richard & Stapleton, AnnaMarie Artists' Textiles in Britain 1945-70 p 82/83
Fabric exhibited at Modern Art in Textile Design, Whitworth Art Gallery 1962.
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