Martha Ryther for H.R. Mallinson; novelty silk, "The Development of the Loom"


A length of a novelty printed silk, Mallinson trade name "Mandarin Crepe." This is a plain weave having a distinct cross thread . The design, which was hand block-printed, is titled "The Development of the Loom," and within reserves created by stylized modernist flowers sit three types of looms: hand loom, early power loom, jacquard loom - all captioned. Figures in period-appropriate dress also inhabit the reserves with the looms. The treatment is modernist, with bold lines, stylized flower forms, and a loose, painterly style of drawing and coloring. The captions and selvage inscription are in black in a freehand printed style. Designed by Martha Ryther for Mallinson.

Date Made: 1923

Maker: H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T04590Accession Number: 70218Catalog Number: T04590.000

Object Name: Fabric Length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)tan ground (overall color)plain weave; block printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm


Record Id: nmah_1165718

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