The Unknown Wiener Werkstätte Embroidery and Lace

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Angela Völker; Foreword by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

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9783897905115
Hardback
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Territory: UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East non-exclusive
Size: 270 mm x 210 mm
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 125 colour

RRP £35.00

  • The publication offers an overview of the design and production of lace and embroidery made by the Wiener Werkstätte between 1906 and 1930, together with a rich inventory of previously unpublished documents from the WW archives
  • The production of the Wiener Werkstätte comprises embroidery, braids, covers, inserts for curtains and counterpanes; the presentation is enriched by artists' sketches and designs, blueprints, bobbin lace patterns, sample portfolios and historical photographs
  • The book provides a great deal of new information on this hitherto little-known Wiener Werkstätte department
  • With works by Carl Otto Czeschka, Josef Hoffmann, Dagobert Peche, Maria Likarz-Strauss, Mathilde Flögl, Hilde Jesser-Schmid, Felice Rix-Ueno, Vally Wieselthier and Fritzi Löw-Lazar

A rich inventory of previously unpublished documents boasting great artistic sophistication can be found in the Wiener Werkstätte archive in the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art on the design and production of lace and embroidery produced there between 1906 and 1930. Together with the objects kept in the museum, they convey an authentic picture of the department's extraordinary production. Around forty designers are known by name. The earliest pieces of embroidery, from 1906, derive from furniture upholstery belonging to the Wittgenstein family, while lace production did not begin until 1915 and consisted of braids and covers, also inserts for curtains and counterpanes. The book provides a great deal of new information on this hitherto little-known Wiener Werkstätte department, including artists' sketches and designs, blueprints, bobbin lace patterns, sample portfolios in WW design, and historical black-and-white photographs of the original objects.

Text in English and German.

Angela Völker was head of the Textile Collection at the MAK - Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna from 1977 to 2009. Her specialist areas are the fashion and textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte, Biedermeier textiles and oriental knotted carpets.