A healthy and happy New Year to you all. What a very disturbing year it has been on every level. Like many of us in this country, I like to think of myself as being International in outlook and European in personality and happy to trade with everybody across the World.
On a lighter note, I have been buying some mid century modern artist designer textiles during the past year. The Althea McNish lengths are already with various museums waiting approval, but other wonderful pieces are now being included on the site. There are two hangings by Michael O’Connell, together with a short article, Articles - Michael O’Connell. There are lengths of Kenneth Roundtree’s Alphabet roller printed fabric by Edinburgh Weavers, also from the late 1950s. Part of the confectionery family, Roundtree trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, and was tutored by Eric Ravillious, continuing his education at the Slade in London. Ravillious’ influence can clearly be seen on this fabric. Twentieth Century Design.
In World Textiles a beautiful Manchu Chinese ladies soft grey waistcoat embroidered with butterflies, and a turquoise summer robe similarly worked from the late 19th century can be seen.
Spitalfields woven silk brocade lengths are included in English Dress - 18th century and English Textiles - Woven where there are also lots of 18th and 19th century silk and gold fringes and braids.
I have added a second article, this time on Muriel Roses’ The Little Gallery. Much has been written about Muriel, but nothing on her co-partner Peggy Turnbull. Following information with one of Peggy's relatives, I thought it would be interesting to expand the information. Articles - The Little Gallery.
Thank you for your custom during the past year and hope you will continue to be enticed by the unique character of my stock during 2021!
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