RARE! “Melrose” 07868, by Bailey & Griffin, 1987, was made in conjunction with Joan Kaminski Inc.
A heavier weight cotton chintz with a crisp hand and feel (but not a hyper glazed chintz). At such a wide scale, and with such bold, large scale flowers, this piece could be perfect for the headboard of a twin size bed, day bed, or for a super oversized pillow or the top of an ottoman/coffee table. Unbelieveable but true — it’s hand printed!
COLORS: A background of peach and off white vertical stripes on which luscious large-scale flowers simply burst in bloom in multiple shades of stunning blues (Robin’s Egg to Azure and Sapphire and Navy and Midnight), along with peach and millennial pink, dusty plu, white, a pale cranberry. The foliage ranges from sage to hunter to deep forest.
SIZE: 48.5″ wide x 41″ long
MAKERS: Sadly, as is too often the case, little is out there on Joan Kaminski (someone needs to fix this!) What I do know is that she was a fabric designer in at least the 1970s and 1980s for Lee Jofa and for Bailey & Griffin.
This piece is a Bailey and Bailey & Griffin was founded in 1923 as an importer of textile designs coming from the UK firm Arthur H. Lee & Co., but by the mid 60s was sourcing raw textiles and designing their own line of traditionally inspired prints, all handprinted! Like so many other fabric houses there were plenty of mergers with the B&G archive ultimately ending up in the Duralee family of fabrics.