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Lotus

CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

Design by 1888, made 1888

Artist:

Design attributed to May Morris (English, 1862–1938)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)
Embroidered by the Decorative Arts Society, Chicago (American, founded 1877)

About this artwork

Frances Glessner was an avid embroiderer and made a number of decorative textiles for her house on Prairie Avenue. This large panel, which was a door curtain or portiere, was one of four such curtains used in the parlor of the house. In a diary entry of November 17, 1888, she wrote, “My curtains came home from the Decorative Arts Society,” which makes it clear that the design was purchased from Morris & Co. but embroidered in Chicago by members of the Decorative Arts Society, probably supervised by Mrs. Glessner.

Status

On View, Gallery 57

Department

Textiles

Artists

May Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Antiquarian Society (Maker)

Title

Lotus

Places

England (Object made in), Chicago (Object made in), Prairie Avenue, 1800 South (Object made for), London (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in)

Dates

Made 1888 , Designed 1888

Medium

Silk, warp-float faced twill weave; embroidered in satin and stem stitches

Dimensions

Overall: 263.9 × 120.9 cm (103 7/8 × 47 5/8 in.) Embroidery: 257.2 x 113 cm (101 1/4 x 44 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John J. Glessner

Reference Number

1918.298

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