Japantastic

Exotic Florals

The Silver Studio used flowers newly introduced to Britain from Japan as inspiration for some of their designs. They took inspiration from a faraway culture, but made their designs look familiar enough to seem ‘homely’. New plants from Japan were brought into Britain in the nineteenth century. Garden plants which are common today, such as climbing hydrangeas and chrysanthemums, would have then seemed exotic and novel to British consumers.
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  • Design for a rug by Arthur Silver (SD8852)

    This design for a rug features a pattern of chrysanthemums, cherry blossom and bamboo. It was produced by Arthur Silver in 1892. The plants and flowers used in this design were introduced to Britain from Japan around the time the design was produced. Although these plants would have seemed exotic to British consumers, the designer made sure that patterns looked familiar enough to suit British tastes.

  • Wallpaper design with chrysanthemums (SD2834)

    This wallpaper design features chrysanthemum sprays in green and terracotta. It was designed by the Silver Studio in 1892. This is an example of how unfamiliar plants were used in familiar ways by Silver Studio designers. In Japan the chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Imperial family but in this design it is presented in the tradition of English chintzes.

  • Textile for Liberty & Co (ST918)

    This textile features a pattern of irises and was designed by Arthur Silver in 1891. Irises were one of the new flowers introduced to Britain from Japan in the late nineteenth century. Designs featuring novel plants were popular in fashion as well as in the home. This textile pattern was sold as a dress print to Liberty & Co for sale in their Regent Street shop.

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