Furnishing fabric: Splotchy

Length of furnishing fabric

Designed by Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976), Printed by Laverne Inc. (American)


Overall: 198.8 x 125.7 cm (78 1/4 x 49 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed synthetic twill weave

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Beige ground with navy splotchy abstract design along with stars, rectangles, lines, and red and green circles. Labeled: “A. Calder/ Splotchy/ “Contempora Series”/ Fabrics Wallpaper Coordinated/ Laverne Originals NY10”

In the decades following the end of World War II, the clean lines, open plans, and glass walls of modern homes and office buildings brought about dramatic changes in furnishing fabrics, and ushered in a period of extraordinary creativity in textile design. The innovative husband-and-wife team Erwin and Estelle Laverne, specialized in hand-printed fabrics and wallpapers, both in their own designs and in those they commissioned from important artists in other media. “Splotchy” was designed by Alexander Calder for Laverne’s “Contempora” series, and is an excellent example of his abstract sculptural shapes transformed into a three-color printed textile.


Purchased by Susan Ward through an internet auction ca. 2003-2005; purchased by MFA January 25, 2006.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund


© 2011 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.