Extremely rare and collectible.
“Dancing Figures” from Greeff’s mid century “American Legacy II,” is the sweetest depiction of a genteel trio dancing surrounded by florals rendered in the 18th century style.
#73473 in the Greeff Archive, this is from a special arrangement collaboration with the Henry Ford Museum, a signature block of which is printed on the selvedge. The attached “American Legacy” tag reads,
“From a mid 18th century American Banyan or dressing gown made of a Portuguese cotton print, now in the Henry Ford Museum costume collection, came this fanciful design of Turkish dancers with floral embellishments.”
Hand block printed, 100% cotton everglaze.
Two full 24″ high by 36″ wide vignettes are within the piece, making it perfect for matching pillow fronts (or a small chair back and seat) to go with any 18th century style interior decor (or any eclectic decor), or as handbag fronts, or even to make a stomacher, work into a waistcoat, or other 18th century reenactor project.
SIZE: 36″ wide + 1.5″ selvage on each side” x 47″ long.
COLORS: The background brown is richer, and warmer than my pics show. Colors overall are rich warm brown, burnt orange, salmon, chartreuse, sage, white, and dark brown.
“…we have never looked upon ourselves as ‘dealers in textiles.’ We regard textiles simply as one means of artistic expression…” — Theodore Greeff, President, Greeff Fabrics, Inc.
Maker: Greeff Fabrics, Inc was founded in the US by Theodore Greeff in 1933 to make a wide range of mostly traditional style interior fabrics and wallcoverings, grouped in collections, for high-end interior designers.
By 1971, Greeff’s chief designer was a female, Virginia Nepodal. Lesley Jackson writes in her book Twentieth-Century Pattern Design that, “Virginia Nepodal, an in-house designer at Cheney Brothers during the 1940s, who transferred to the newly merged Cheney, Greeff & Co. during the early 1950s, worked in an accessible modern style, creating patterns such as Mushrooms, Sanderlings, and Seeds (all 1951). Subsequently, as design director of Greeff Fabrics from 1952 to 1985, Nepodal was responsible for the stylings of both textiles and wallpaper, where she juggled the dual requirements of ‘Contemporary’ and traditional design.” Jackson’s book points to Marion Dorn, John Little, Dan Rasmassen, and Dagmar Wilson as key designers from the 1940s and after.
Benjamin Warner founded Warner in 1870, having come from a long family line in the textiles industry. It became Warner & Sons in 1891. They were known for their very high-end silks in particular, with design references dating to the 15th-18th centuries.