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Flowerpot Fire Screen

A freestanding screen with a varnished wooden frame features a single panel with a central vase and floral motif in shades of pink and pale yellow.

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  • A freestanding screen with a varnished wooden frame features a single panel with a central vase and floral motif in shades of pink and pale yellow.

Date:

Design early 1880s

Artist:

Designed by William Morris (English, 1834-1896)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)

About this artwork

The two fire screens in the collection [2018.845 and 2018.846] illustrate the variety of ways in which one could purchase objects from Morris & Co. The Flowerpot Fire Screen was likely embroidered, assembled, and sold completed as seen here. May Morris herself stitched several versions of the Flowerpot panel. The Honeysuckle design may have been a kit that was sold for amateurs to embroider themselves, as the stitching is less precise. Both of these designs could also be made into cushions, and they continued to be sold as kits decades after they were introduced.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artists

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

Title

Flowerpot Fire Screen

Places

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

Date

Designed 1880-1885

Medium

Wood, cotton or linen ground, silk floss

Dimensions

101.6 x 59.7 x 32.4 cm (40 x 23 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Reference Number

2018.845

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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