Portière made from Morris & Co. Oak damask (one of four)

English
1892–93
Embroidered by May Morris (English, 1862–1938), Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)


Object Place: England

Dimensions

257.8 x 137.2 cm (101 1/2 x 54 in.) (including fringe)

Accession Number

1983.160c

Medium or Technique

Silk damask, embroidered with silk in darning, satin, stem, long-armed cross, buttonhole and couching, with silk fringe and cotton lining

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Silk yarns embroidered on green floral damask “Oak” designed by William Morris for Morris and Co., 1880-1881. Signed “MM” (May Morris, daughter). Eight long-trunk fruit trees bearing plums, pomegranates, apples, oranges(?), cherry blossoms; climbing vines. Inscription at top of panel: ALL WROUGHT BY THE WORM IN THE PHEASANT CARLE’S COT . ON THE MULBERRY LEAFAGE WHEN SUMMER WAS HOT

Provenance

1892, commissioned by Mrs. J. Monro Longyear (nee Mary Hawley Beecher, d. 1931), Marquette, MI [see note 1]; 1933, sold at Longyear's estate auction by Pierce S. Haley Appraiser and Auctioneer, Boston, MA, lot 4 under section "Draperies," to Mr. J. S. Gordon, Brookline, MA [see note 2]; by descent to Myron K. and Natalie G. Stone, New York; gift of the Stones in memory of J. S. and Sadye Z. Gordon (Accession date: March 9, 1983)

NOTES:
[1] In 1903, Mrs. Longyear moved her household in its entirety to Brookline, MA, at which point this embroidery came to MA. See "Early Modern Textiles: From Arts and Crafts to Art Deco," Marianne Carlano and Nicola J. Shilliam, MFA Publications, 1993, pg. 19, for a full description of provenance and a picture of the embroideries hanging in the Longyear home in 1909.

[2] Copy of original auction catalogue and bill of sale in curatorial file.

Credit Line

In memory of J. S. and Sayde Z. Gordon from Myron K. and Natalie G. Stone