Early 1920’s Fortuny Wall Hanging of Deep Green with Rare Overlay Coloring

(Italy, 20th Century)

Early 1920’s Fortuny Wall Hanging of Deep Green with Rare Overlay Coloring
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Peterborough, NH, 03458
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Early 1920’s Fortuny Wall Hanging of Deep Green with Rare Overlay Coloring

Mariano Fortuny is known for his unusual use of colors and this early piece is no different. An unknown, unnamed pattern from the early 1920’s with a large pattern of scrolling leaves, crowns and flowers in a large ogival pattern. Unusual coloring of a ground of deep green with pinkish parchment overlay with matching border. This piece is unsigned. This piece is made up of three widths and fully lined. Condition: Excellent condition on the front with various spots on the backside lining that do not go through to the front. Pocket on the backside at the top for hanging with a rod.

WIDTH: 71 in | HEIGHT: 74 in

Origin Italy
Category Textiles
Circa1920
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionExcellent

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CONDITION: Excellent condition on the front with various spots on the backside lining that do not go through to the front. Pocket on the backside at the top for hanging with a rod.

THB REF: 1382359475 DEALER REF: FHMA13

Commentary

"Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, (1871–1949), son of the painter Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, was a Spanish fashion designer who opened his couture house in 1906 and continued until 1946.

Fortuny was born May 11, 1871, to an artistic family in Granada, Spain. His father, a genre painter, died when Fortuny was three years old and his mother, daughter of another famous painter, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, moved the family to Paris, France. It became apparent at a young age that Fortuny was a talented artist, as he, too, showed a talent for painting as well as a passion for textiles. During his childhood he was introduced to many different textiles and fabrics, which greatly imprinted upon his creativity. His parents were very passionate for materials and had their own collections of textiles from various shops they had visited in Europe. His father even collected metalwork and armor from previous ages as a hobby. As a young child he was fascinated with all of these textiles and would even dye pieces of material for amusement.It was this exposure that led him to grow up and begin designing and producing his own textiles and dresses. The family moved again in 1889 to Venice, Italy. As a young man, Fortuny traveled throughout Europe seeking out artists he admired, among them the German composer Richard Wagner. Fortuny became quite varied in his talents, some of them including inventing, painting, photography, sculpting, architecture, etching and even theatrical stage lighting. In 1897, he met the woman he would marry, Henriette Negrin, in Paris. While in Paris, using all of his creative talents, Fortuny registered and patented more than twenty inventions between 1901 and 1934.

He died in his home in Venice and was buried in the Campo Verano in Rome. His work was a source of inspiration to the French novelist Marcel Proust.
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