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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't buy either 103 or 501 as FLW or his minions. They have to be post 1959 at best, if not Schumacher altogether.
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Craig



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Design 103 was one of the original 1955 patterns. I have a sample with the label and it can be seen here at the Cooper Hewitt:

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18459995/

Has it ever been determined who designed any of this stuff - apprentices or Schumacher employees?
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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steiner claims that Wright designed the initial patterns. Of course, that could mean apprentice involvement, too.

http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%20Pages/Schumacher.htm

Scroll down a bit. There is a black and white photograph dated 1955, showing Wright sitting on a Henredon chair with the fabric which Roderick and Craig mention (#103) immediately behind him.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many fabric patterns, many of which are very surprising if actually products of Taliesin designers. Nothing Steiner writes claims that all of Schumacher's line(s) are the work of Wright or his apprentices; I suggest that other hands designed the more picturesque ones and Wright approved them -- puzzling as that may be. We remember that, early on, Mr Wright specifically cautioned against making literal copies of natural forms; rather, nature was to be abstracted, in order to reveal its essence (or words to that effect).

Proof, one way or the other, might be sought at the Smithsonian Institution; David Hanks tells us (p 198) that "the drawings for the Schumacher Taliesin Line are now in the Archives of American Art," there.

Hanks also mentions that F Schumacher in New York provided fabric for the Robie house (p 44).

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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right. He does say that the wallpaper designs are by Wright.

Is it possible that the patterns and colors are the same in the wallpaper and fabrics?

Curtains from Taliesin Line fabrics:

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/textiles/quilts-blankets/pair-of-frank-lloyd-wright-taliesin-line-curtains-ca-1950s/id-f_865483/
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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eureka!

https://archive.org/stream/SchumachersTaliesinLineOfDecorativeFabricsAndWallpapersDesignedBy/CCA37380Schumachers#page/n0/mode/1up
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez. How depressing; 7704 could be called "Used Brick" ? 7706, on the other hand, is great, with wonderful colorways; could be a George Nelson design.

Yes, both Steiner and Hanks say that the designs (all of them ?) were made both as fabrics and as wallpaper. (I'm frankly astounded that Mr Wright would countenance wallpapers of any kind.)

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Unbrook



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: F Schumacher and Company Taliesin Line Reply with quote

Design 501 is definitely one of the original patterns. And I believe one of the more usable fabrics in the current collection. It appears as though Design 301 was a wallpaper in the Taliesin Line. I think it was used at Price Tower The Cleveland Museum of Art has a selection of the designs in their collection (Viewable online at clevelandart.org)
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get no sense of the scale of # 501, from the published material. How tall is the diamond ?

Does anyone else feel disappointment that this rather pedestrian pattern isn't drawn at a 60 angle ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you enlarge the strange Victorianesque chair upholstered with the 501 fabric it's possible to get a sense of the scale.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. The chair says it all, doesn't it ? Ah well, de gustibus . . .

It's great to finally see the whole catalog of Wright's fabric and paper designs for Schumacher.

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