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Panel (Dress or Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of cotton and linen, plain weave; block printed.

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  • A work made of cotton and linen, plain weave; block printed.


c. 1920


Produced by Atelier Martine (1912-1929)
France, Paris

About this artwork

The notion of Gesamtkunstwerk, or unified design, favored and promoted by the Wiener Werkstätte, could be taken to an extreme, as when, for example, guests to a luxurious villa were provided robes to wear whose patterns matched the various furnishings of the room they were to gather in, thus letting them harmonize perfectly with the décor. Poiret was a follower of this princeiple as well. This striking fabric is known to have functioned as both clothing and furnishing fabric: it covered the walls of a showcase dining room staged by Martine in 1923 and 1925, and it was made into a splendid jacket for Poiret himself.


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Atelier Martine (Producer)


Panel (Dress or Furnishing Fabric)


Paris (Object made in)

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Made 1915–1925


Cotton and linen, plain weave; block printed


139.1 × 132.1 cm (54 3/4 × 52 in.); Repeat: 45 × 42 cm (17 3/4 × 16 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Allerton

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