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Silver Studio, 1892

This is a design for a wallpaper by the Silver Studio in 1892. The design features chrysanthemum sprays in green and terracotta colours, on a neutral ground. Many new plants, including chrysanthemums, were introduced into Britain from Japan in the late 1800s. The Silver Studio took new and – to Western eyes – unfamiliar flowers, but depicted them in conventional Western ways. This design for a wallpaper shows chrysanthemums drawn in a naturalistic way in the tradition of English chintzes, so that it seems both exotic and suburban at the same time.

Object Number

SD2834

Watercolour on heavy paper.


height: 512mm
width: 721mm

Further Reading

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

Katagami Style , Mabuchii, Akiko; Takagi, Yoko; Nagasaki, Iwao, Ikeda, Yuko Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Mie Prefectural Art Museum; Nikkei Inc.,2012

Katagami Style [English language], Mabuchii, Akiko; Takagi, Yoko; Nagasaki, Iwao, Ikeda, Yuko: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Mie Prefectural Art Museum; Nikkei Inc.;

Hendon, Zoe. The Silver Studio and the Art of Japan, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, 2013

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