A 5-piece set of cotton scraps from Greeff Fabric’s original 1967 “”Coramandel fabric sample from their mid-sixties “Winds of the East” Collection. (See condition note). #54190 in the Greeff collections.
A firm handed cotton broadcloth rendered in rich shades meant to suggest the plentiful wildlife and exotic locale of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Original piece featured a large center motif of birds in a tree while two batik-like border prints anchor the sides with various shapes and symbols. Scraps have bits of each of these designs.
Original tag reads, “This striking design with handsome borders was derived from a panel of an antique wooden screen.” Made in England. Serigraph on fabric. 100% cotton with a mid-weight to heavier hand, light drape.
All sales in this section are FINAL SALE.
SIZE: Each of the five scraps is 11.5″ wide x 6″ long.
COLORS: Set includes Teal/Aqua, Brass/Lime, Olive/Turquoise, Terra Cotta/Natural, Brass/Gold.
CONDITION: Excellent overall. NO cardboard or paper backing except a small easily-removed tag. They do have the pin prick holes in the top 1.5″ that happen when picking out a seam and thus would need to be washed again or sprayed heavily and ironed over those little holes to try to close them up if they bother you. Alternatively, use the fabric not where the holes are or make that point within the seam. There are still 4.5″ after the pin prick holes to use if you’re concerned.
“…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. Jackson’s book points to Marion Dorn, John Little, Dan Rasmassen, and Dagmar Wilson as key designers from the 1940s and after.
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.”