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7/1991-2

Collection

TEX

Brief description

One of set of curtains with a pelmet made from linen fabric printed with the 'Nautilus' pattern, an abstract design, suggestive of ships rigging and navigational equipment, in black on a yellow background. It was designed by Mary Warren in 1953 possibly for Heal Fabrics Ltd.

Title

Nautilus

Object name

curtain
curtain
Nautilus curtain

Object number

7/1991-2

Location

Temp Exhib Space

Production person

Mary Warren (designer)

Production organisation

Heal and Son Ltd (retailer)

Production date

1953 (manufactured)

Period

Twentieth century (1900-1999)

Material

linen

Technique

printed
machine woven
sewn

Physical description

Curtain made of yellow linen printed with rows of an abstract design suggestive of ships rigging and navigational equipment alongside vertical borders with square and circular motifs at intervals. The curtain is unlined and hemmed with curtain tape at the top. It is faded and worn at the edge and parts of the pattern have been cut away.

Dimensions

Length: 200cm
Width: 118cm

Website keywords

textiles
window treatments

Object history note

Mary Warren was one of a number of freelance designers who worked for Heal's in the 1950s. Heal's had a reputation for innovative furnishing fabrics and between 1948 and 1971, under design director Tom Worthington, commissioned work from young freelance designers and art students.

Comments

Madeleine Ginsburg, textiles historian and former curator of historic dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum provided some comments on the pair of this curtain, object number 7/1991-1 on 11th February 2009, which are also of relevance to 7/1991-2. However Madeleine Ginsburg did not examine either textiles themselves.

She described the object as a curtain from a set of two with a pelmet made from linen printed with a graphic design in black featuring nautical motifs, rigging and a wheel and compasses. It is inscribed along the selvedge ‘TOP NAUTILUS, By Mary Warren’. She commented that Mary Warren was one of the large group of distinguished designers whose work was commissioned by Heals in the 1950s and 1960s.

She suggested that it may have been bought from Heals Fabrics Ltd which printed designer attributions on the selvedge. She said that Mary Warren was one of a large group of distinguished designers whose work was commissioned by Heals in the 1950s and 1960s.

A full transcript of notes from this examination is available in the object's history file and as a digital asset.

Label

Label text, Geffrye Museum, date unknown:
Curtain, Nautilus, designed by Mary Warren, 1953.
 
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