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    Sale 7620

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    28 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    BAUHAUS DESSAU (1925-1932)


    Price Realised  


    BAUHAUS DESSAU (1925-1932)
    TAPESTRY, LATE 1920s
    executed under the supervision of Gunta Stölzl in the Weaving Workshop of the Bauhaus, Dessau, hand-woven wool, cotton, and cellophane threads, brass loops hand-stitched to top edge
    27¼ in. (69.5 cm.) x 42½ in. (107.5 cm.)
    rivetted aluminium tag Bauhaus Dessau

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    Prior to the promotion of Gunta Stölzl as master of the Bauhaus weaving workshop in March 1927, the creative output of the workshop had been characterised by improvisation. Stölzl brought with her a high degree of standardisation, both aesthetically, and also in the material processes. Conscious of the potential need to fulfill the machine-production requirements of industry, Stölzl encouraged a rigorous, mathematical and objective approach, that embraced the inclusion of new materials, such as cellophane, and consequently articulated an distinctly identifiable aesthetic. Although the designer of this weaving has not been identified, the formal composition, graduated and shaded tones, and use of cellophane, suggest that an attribution to Gunta Stölzl is plausible. The alumninium tag with the logo 'Bauhaus Dessau' was affixed to all fabrics leaving the Dessau Weaving Workshop.

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    Acquired Dessau, late 1920s, thence by descent

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