Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf

Oliver Messel's Coronation Scarf
1953

This scarf was designed for Queen Elizabeth II Coronation in1953 by Cresta Silks Limited, with gold details. For the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 it was re worked with silver details.

With this scarf the gold is slightly raised as if it was hand painted, but obviously it was'nt.

Oliver Messel (1904-1978) had a successful career designing sets for ballet, including the Ballet Russes. He worked with Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton on stage and screen sets. He was also a portrait pattern   Messel turned his hand to a host of creative practices, applying his art and design skills to a number of different art forms, designing programmes, greeting cards and textiles. He designed a range of commemorative silk brocades for Sekers Fabrics (formally the West Cumberland Silk Mill) to mark the Queen’s coronation in 1953. The finished fabrics were used by couturier John Cavanagh and made  into elegant gowns which appeared in Vogue. During the 1920s and 30s he was one of the 'Bright Young Things'. It is well worth reading below about this creative and fascinating man.

www.bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/explore/theatre/oliver-messel-archive/

 

Description

Centre top with a crown and the initials E R, above the centred coach and horses, the four corners  representing the British Isles with a red rose and bud; (England) acorns and oak leaves (Ireland); thistles (Scotland) and shamrock (Ireland), Oliver Messel's signature to the lower right hand corner, all in shades of crimson, bronze, blue green, sage green, grey on a palest eau de nil silk ground, the edges hand rolled.

34 in; 87 cm square.

Condition

Excellent.

Price: on request

Ref N°: 8619

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