Length of furnishing fabric: Calico Cow

"Calico Cow" furnishing fabric

American
1952
Designed by Ilonka Karasz (American, born in Hungary, 1896–1981)


Dimensions

38-1/4 x 33-1/2 inches (97.2 x 85.1cm)

Accession Number

2007.288

Medium or Technique

Printed cotton broken twill weave

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Printed

Length of cotton printed with pattern of farmer and wife surrounded by cavorting farm animals – cows, horses, goats, ducks, chickens, lambs, rabbits, pigs, densely filled with small floral calico prints in shades of green, blue, pink, orange, yellow, and white on a dark green ground. Labeled: “A Riverdale Fabric “Calico Cow” created by Ilonka Karasz of Associated American Artists 1952/ A color tested fabric: Best obtainable vat dyes.”

Provenance

Donor purchased from an online auction March 24, 1999; Gift to MFA March 21, 2007.

Credit Line

Gift of Ashley and Mark Callahan in honor of Ilonka Sigmund, the artist's granddaughter

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.