COLOR: Pay special attention to my color note below before buying.
Extremely rare and part of Greeff’s unique “The Federal Collection” of the 1960s, this piece, “Marquetry” 1968, states on its tag that, “A popular form of furniture embellishment in the Federal Period was marquetry, a method by which patterns were inlaid in the base wood creating contrast through the color and grain of the wood. Typical inlays were the source of this design.”
Serigraph on fabric.
You will have one central landscape oriented eagle motif and four portrait oriented eagle motifs along with the decorative borders and sunbursts to work with.
This would make an amazing backing for a message. board, large ottoman top, oversized cushion, pet bed top, etc.
Oversize Sample Size: 36.5″ wide x 34″ long
COLOR: It was very difficult to capture the two-toned TEAL BLUE of the background. In many of my pics the background LOOKS LIKE a classic navy. IT IS NOT! It is an extremely lovely teal with navy lowlights that are meant to emulate wood grain. If you’re expecting a solid or super strong navy you’ll be disappointed. BUT, trust me, the teal is GORGEOUS! Pictures #2 and #3 were taken in direct sunlight and give the best impression of the color.
CONDITION: There is some age-related mottling along the signed border in the selvage but the main piece is superior for its 52 years.
“…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.”
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small window, backgrounds for message boards, and more. Large enough to cover the seat of a small dining room chair, or for part of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.
SUSTAINABILITY: ALL my packaging except tape is 100% re-used. Your invoice is available digitally in your account. I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, which is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.
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