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designed by Mold, Winifred,
Silver Studio, about 1925

In the 1920s, wallpaper designs inspired by a romantic view of the Orient became popular. Japanese ladies carrying parasols or fans were a common motif. They were frequently printed in brilliant colours such as jade green, purple, orange and midnight blue. This design is by Winifred Mold, one of a handful of female designers who worked for the Silver Studio in the 1920s and 30s. It is not fully finished, suggesting that it was a ‘work in progress’ rather than a finished design.

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Watercolour on cartridge paper.

height: 390mm
width: 275mm

Further Reading

Hendon, Zoe. Japantastic: Japanese-Inspired Patterns for the British Home, 1880-1930., 2010.