From Brunschwig & Fils notable Documentary Design series, this 1982 piece was made in conjunction with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City and is called “Mirage.” It is adapted from a woodblock printed wallpaper in France circa 1775-1800. It’s interesting that for something originating in the 18th century it is so edgy in its feel — a very jagged, even crude woodblock yet with a modern edge. Intense burnt orange, butternut, rust, sage to dark green all on a natural-toned background. 100% cotton, light to medium weight, easy hand, some drape that makes it usable both in pillows and perhaps shirting or a portion of a pieced garment.
This piece also may have played a role in developing Brunschwig & Fils’ Les Touche — there’s quite a similarity in the ambient dotted feel!
SIZE: 27″ wide x 35″ long
“Good design is forever.” — Zelina Comegys Brunschwig.
MAKER: Brunschwig and Fils is a 19th century French firm noted for its rich textiles across home decor categories. Zelina Comegys Brunschwig married into the family and the firm contributing significantly to its design offerings as well as a commitment to workers, ongoing production during WWII here in its American location, and the preservation of history in material culture. Great NY Times article about her and the firm: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/12/obituaries/zelina-comegys-brunschwig-chairman-of-fabric-company.html