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Textile, Leaves

This is a Textile. It was designed by Robert Bonfils and manufactured by Bianchini-Férier, Inc.. It is dated 1931 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is silk, viscut (laminated cellophane) and its technique is damask woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Leaves is a design of densely arranged, large-scale exotic foliage of two different species, one triangular ridged leaf, the other a broad oval. The taupe colorway was extremely popular in the period, and there are examples in the Cooper Hewitt's collection by Bonfils, Charles Martin, and Eduard Bénédictus which all share this color trend. The museum also holds another example of this design in a lush coral pink.
This large sample was purchased from the Bianchini-Férier archive. The original gouache for the design is in the collection of the Musée des Tissus in Lyon, France, while a working drawing on trace is in Cooper Hewitt’s Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design department. This second-stage layout is scaled and marked for the punching of the Jacquard cards, with yarn selections and weave structures noted.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 106.7 × 127 cm (42 × 50 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Leaves; Designed by Robert Bonfils (French, 1886–1971); silk, viscut (laminated cellophane); H x W: 106.7 × 127 cm (42 × 50 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2016-31-1

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