May Morris Anemone Tablecover

I have sold a few similar tablecloths over the years but none have had the embroidery in the corners emeging onto the silk centre. The colour combination is rather unusual, in that usually soft pastel shades are used.


the border embroidered in thick floss silks with two types of flowers amongst acanthus type leaves, in shades of cream with touches of lime green and mid blue with nutmeg coloured stamens, the background in nutmeg silks, the corners with the leaves emerging onto the cream twill weave silk centre, guard stripes of similar shades silks, 35 in or 89 cm sq


The embroidrey is in excellent condition. The silk centre, which I feel fairly sure is the original has some markings and a 1 in or 2.5 split,  which you should be able to see from the photo. For close ups ask for further photos.


  • Parry, Linda William Morris p 250
  • Parry, Linda William Morris Textiles p 32
  • May Morris 1862-1938 p 6

See above for reference to May's embroidery and designs.

There are many examples of tablecloths on the website of the Art Gallery of S Australia, from the Barr Smith Collection.In particular 991A1 and 93848.


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