Wardle produced this Italian Renaissance design fabric, heavily influenced by the Ottoman empire, for Watts & Company, the well known ecclesiastical furnishing company. The pears are Wardle's interuptation. Almost certainly sourced from Ornamente der Gewerbe by Friedrich Fischbach (1874). The original would have been crimson silk and gold metal thread.*
Royal Burgundy, two lengths of block printed cotton velveteen, with large ogival shapes, a repeat of pears round the largest, designed by Thomas Wardle, in red repeat 33 1/2 in; 65 cm. 3 ft w x 6 ft d; 92 x 1.78 m
Some fading to each side of the individual lengths. They are not selvedge to selvedge.
* Brenda King Dye Print, Stitch. Textiles by Thomas and Elizabeth Wardle, p 49
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