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Textile sample

Designer:
Unknown Designer
Manufacturer:
J. Claude Frères & Co.
Date:
ca. 1900
Medium:
Silk
Dimensions:
6 7/8 × 9 1/2 in. (17.5 × 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.21.374
Not on view
Little is known about the origins of these extraordinary textiles, made by the Paris firm of J. Claude Frères. It is possible that the organic quality of their designs derives from a fascination with widely published contemporaneous discoveries in medical science-namely, the development of serums and antibiotics-as the decorative motifs resemble enlargements of microscopic specimens.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.

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