An unusual 1970 Scalamandré cotton chintz, “Waterlilies” likely takes its inspiration from late 18th century wallpapers found in England and the American colonies. A repeated geometric motif depicting white lotus flowers amidst serpentine garlands of white and salmon, all of which is gilded in textural metallic gold. Another layer surrounding the lotus motifs (or tulip as the piece is called) are tiny jagged-edge salmon leaves on a deep cranberry background.
A transcendent piece. I know that in terms of design inspiration this same print was printed at the Jouy factory in the 18th century as “Les Nenuphars,” translated as “Waterlilies.”
Scalamandré #8341-3, 1970.
SIZE: 48″ wide x 6 yards long. I’m currently selling this as one piece. If you’re interested in a smaller piece, it would be $125 per yard. Convo me if interested.
I also have this piece in a vintage 1970s sample in a silver colorway: https://www.etsy.com/listing/781324349/vintage-1970-scalamandre-colonial-tulip
What Can You Make? A pillow, Roman shades,dining room chair seats, a fabric screen, piecing for quilts, piecing for fashion accessories, or there’s enough to do a “fabric as wallpaper” application and more. Large enough for a whole chair. Or use like this designer is doing, by piecing it to one part of a piece of furniture while using other fabrics to finish it out: https://w9yards.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Birds-of-a-Feather-pg-1.png
Make something awesome and share with me to post a picture in my client gallery.
Maker: Franco Scalamandré has a great story to tell of coming to America in the 20s from Italy and making a huge success of himself. From engineer, to historic textile researcher, to major design firm and more, Scalamandré is synonymous with quality, success, and above all, historic preservation. Do take some time to read up on the phenomenal Scalamandré history here: https://www.scalamandre.com/history and a NY Times obit on Franco: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/04/obituaries/franco-scalamandre-89-leader-in-making-of-decorative-textiles.html
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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