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EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER (1890-1954)
EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER (1890-1954)

A BIOMORPHIC RUG, CIRCA 1935

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EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER (1890-1954)
A BIOMORPHIC RUG, CIRCA 1935
produced by the Royal Wilton Carpet Factory Ltd, hand-woven wool
88 x 62 in. (223.5 x 157.5 cm.)
signed in weave EMcKK
Provenance
Sir Francis Meynell and thence by descent.
Literature
M. Eidelberg (ed.), Design 1935-1965, What Modern Was, New York, 1991, p. 95, pl. 122 and back cover (similar design illustrated).

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Lot Essay

During his tenure at The Daily Herald Sir Francis Meynell (1891-1975) employed Edward McKnight Kauffer for his highly successful advertising campaign which resulted the latter's well-known Vorticist poster 'Soaring to Success! Daily Herald - the Early Bird' in 1918. It is therefore not surprising that Meynell should also have acquired this important avant-garde carpet given his earlier appreciation of McKnight Kauffer's work.


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