“Good design is forever.” — Zelina Comegys Brunschwig.
MAKER: Brunschwig and Fils is a 19th century French firm noted for its rich textiles across home decor categories. Zelina Comegys Brunschwig married into the family and the firm contributing significantly to its design offerings as well as a commitment to workers, ongoing production during WWII here in its American location, and the preservation of history in material culture. Great NY Times article about her and the firm: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/12/obituaries/zelina-comegys-brunschwig-chairman-of-fabric-company.html
1950s Brunschwig & Fils Commedia Dell’ Arte Curtain Panel
RARE! Brunschwig & Fils’ hand printed “Commedia Dell’Arte” fabric in what was obviously a custom curtain panel at the time, possible pinch-pleated. WOW, what a find!
The print features fanciful bird-festooned curtains and oversized cachepots as a stage setting for a performer with a parrot while monkeys play around in the trees and vines and a stork searches for food. Scrolling ribbons, shells, and garlands add to the sumptuousness.
Truly a maximalist and/or grandmillennial scale to this statement making piece. Put it in your decor as a curtain or repurpose the fabric for other projects for a rare and unusual design.
- COLORS: Deep chocolate brown background with chartreuse, avocado, olive, mustard, ultimate gray, blush, baby pink, salmon, mellowed burnt orange, white, and black.
- FIBER: Linen/cotton blend.
- SIZE: 43.75″ wide x 91″ long w/ 4.25″ hem at the bottom. Side hems: 1.25″.
Three motifs of the man with the parrot; one partial motif. Three motifs of the birdcage; one partial.
Two storks. Six monkeys.
CONDITION: Overall SUPERIOR! There are two small “bite mark” looking tears at the bottom hem (see pic #8) which aren’t serious if you’re using as curtains (about .75″ wide & .5″ high), but if you’re extending the hem or opening up for more fabric you’ll need to patch those.
ALTERNATIVE USE: Upcycle this fabric for other projects.