Charming 1930s or 40s era English village barkcloth depicts Regency-era Berlin coach carriage pulling into a tavern, a cart driving away, and a single rider waving to the rest. All around are landscape features — trees, cat o’ nine tails, shrubbery, and a small foot bridge over a brook.
Five full motifs of the Berlin carriage and 5 full motifs of the cart plus 1 partial of the cart at the botom of the piece.
This was a significant saving and restoration piece — see condition below.
SIZE: 46.4″ wide x 74″ long (two yards)
COLOR: Vivid burnt orange, chartreuse, sage, olive green, deep brown, shades of taupe, black, and white.
CONDITION: The structure of the fabric is in excellent shape and ready for any project. However the piece came to us stained almost beyond use and we knew it HAD TO BE PRESERVED so we tried to pull it back from the brink. We hired a restorer and he did what he could.
However the restorer could only do so much and some light blue ambient staining remains in certain white spaces, as well as in little dibs and dabs here and there. A couple of bleach stains are here and there but fortunately they bleached out to a color near to the taupe already in the piece, and could easily be mistaken as part of the piece in certain placements. If we went to the next higher level of restoration the piece would be priced beyond what would be reasonable.
One way you COULD attempt to fix this is through a painter and fabric paint. HOWEVER…much of the piece is unaffected (or essentially unaffected) giving you plenty of fabric to work with if you’re seeking true vintage horse and carriage fabric. (See pics 7, 8, & 9 for some close ups of stains.)
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE? Would do nicely for covering a few dining room seats, or as the back and seat of a living room chair. It could make the vignettes for several small purses that would make excellent bridesmaids gifts for a hunt country wedding.