Pair of Fortuny 1940’s Pillows in "De Medici" Pattern

(Italy, 20th Century)

Pair of Fortuny 1940’s  Pillows in "De Medici" Pattern
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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Pair of Fortuny 1940’s Pillows in "De Medici" Pattern

Pair of vintage, 1940’s, Fortuny lumber pillows in his de’ Medici pattern, a 17th century design named for the famous Italian family whose wealth and influence was derived from the textile trade. Tonal shades of orange with a stunning tonal overlay of beige/brownish ground. Backed with silk linen that perfectly matches the background/overlay color from the front. Silk linen has a grainy effect similar to that of actual linen. It is however 100% pure silk that is nubby with a plain weave. Finished around the outside edges with a 19th century bronze metallic cord from Germany, the inserts are 100% down. This color way is no longer available.

WIDTH: 24 in | HEIGHT: 11 in

Origin Italy
Category Textiles
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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"“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.”"