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    Sale 5318

    Fine Costume & Textiles: The Collector's Sale

    4 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    MAY MORRIS, 'DECORATIVE NEEDLEWORK'

    Price Realised  

    MAY MORRIS, 'DECORATIVE NEEDLEWORK'
    London, 1893
    covers gilt-stamped with floral repeat, hand-made paper, illustrated and with photo-gravure frontispiece, limited 'Edition de Luxe, numbered 48 of 125 copies


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    May Morris was the younger daughter of artist and designer William Morris and his wife Jane Burden Morris. She was an influential embroideress and designer in her own right. This rare copy of her 1893 work serves as a technical guide and also as illustration of the Morris aesthetic for creativity and freehand work, in stark opposition to the by-the-numbers embroideries that were predominant in the 19th century.

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