Designer: Candace Wheeler (American, Delhi, New York 1827–1923 New York)

Maker: Associated Artists (1883–1907)

Date: 1883–1900

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Printed and woven cotton velvet

Dimensions: 32 1/2 x 37 in. (82.6 x 94 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Boudinot Keith, 1928

Accession Number: 28.70.25


Candace Wheeler (1827-1933), who probably designed his fabric, was a partner in Tiffany’s short-lived interior decorating firm “Louis C. Tiffany & Company, Associated Artists” (1881-83) along with painter Samuel Colman and designer Lockwood de Forest. When the firm dissolved and Wheeler went on to create her own textile design company, she continued to use the “Associated Artists” name. The use of a pile fabric as the ground for a printed pattern – in this case, cotton velvet – was relatively innovative at the time. The three-dimensional texture and light reflected from the surface of the pile contribute to the overall decorative effect of the design. The pattern of daffodils, with sinuous curving stems and leaves, is one of the firm’s designs closest in spirit to the Art Nouveau style. A sense of movement pervades the boldly drawn, naturalistic blossoms twisting and turning in all directions as they might on a windy spring day.