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Vine Leaf

A work made of cotton or linen ground, silk floss, linen backing.

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  • A work made of cotton or linen ground, silk floss, linen backing.

Date:

Design 1896

Artist:

Designed by May Morris (English, 1862–1938)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)

About this artwork

Vine Leaf was designed as a table cover, according to the annotation on the design drawing. This piece may have been one of four or five versions that were ordered from Morris & Co. in the year that it was designed. Vine Leaf exemplifies May Morris’s approach to design—studying natural forms and then simplifying them to produce an effective, overall pattern. While the majority of the table cover is filled with simple darning stitches, the skill of a professional needleworker is revealed in the way the stitch direction is varied, subtly shifting the play of light over the surface.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artists

May Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer)

Title

Vine Leaf

Places

England (Object made in), London (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in)

Date

Copyrighted 1896

Medium

Cotton or linen ground, silk floss, linen backing

Dimensions

108.3 x 108.3 cm (42 5/8 x 42 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Reference Number

2018.844

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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