Mae Morris / Mirror surround / c. 1870- 1880Mae Morris
Mirror surround
c. 1870- 1880

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Creator Name: Morris Mae
Creator Nationality: English
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Name-CRT: Mae Morris
Creator Name: Morris William
Creator Role: Workshop
Creator Dates/Places: 1834 - 1896
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: William Morris
Title: Mirror surround
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1860
Creation End Date: 1890
Creation Date: c. 1870- 1880
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Silk, linen; embroidery
Dimensions: 49 1/4 x 48 1/4 in. (125.1 x 122.56 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 89.110
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund
Context: The English Arts and Crafts movement reasserted the worth of handmade objects in the face of 19th century industrialization and mass production. William Morris (1834-96), considered the leader of the English Arts and Crafts movement, founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company, a workshop which produced some of the finest decorative art of the 19th century. Furniture, wallpaper, textiles and stained glass produced in Morris's workshop all lived up to the famous Morris credo: "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." Morris described beautiful decoration as "an alliance with nature," and indeed, many of his textiles and wallpaper designs were patterned in floral motifs. This surround, rendered with silk floss on a cotton background, entwines lilies with leaves to create an organic geometry. The embroidered border, framed with walnut, surrounds a mirror.
AMICA ID: MIA_.89.110
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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