Pair of 1920’s Fortuny Pillows Depicting Pomegranates and Artichokes

(Italy, 20th Century)

Pair of 1920’s Fortuny Pillows Depicting Pomegranates and Artichokes
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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Pair of 1920’s Fortuny Pillows Depicting Pomegranates and Artichokes

Pair of Fortuny early 1920’s fabric with his signature pomegranate design inspired by a 15th century Italian silk velvet. A ground of deep forest green with hints of blue and an overlay of gold metallic depicting artichokes and pomegranates. Backed with deep taupe designer silk velvet, finished with a metallic gold cording that has developed a deep dark rich patina. Condition: The metallic has faded over time, common due to oxidization but still retains the full design.

The metallic overlay on Fortuny’s older fabrics will not be as heavy and chunky as new Fortuny fabrics. There is also more metal base to the metallic lending to the possibility to oxidize.

WIDTH: 25 in | HEIGHT: 19 in

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

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CONDITION: Condition: The metallic has faded over time, common due to oxidization but still retains the full design.

THB REF: 5874143192 DEALER REF: 79MY10

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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