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William Morris
English, 1834-1896

Arthur Sanderson & Sons, manufacturer

‘Fritillary’ wallpaper panel

Designed 1885, printed mid-20th century

Hand-blocked paper

52 3/8 in. H x 21 1/4 in. W framed
133.2 cm H x 54.2 cm W

$3,000.00

William Morris’s wallpapers exhibit timeless appeal, with their patterning of natural forms that were meant to reflect and encourage a good, moral society. Morris was at the forefront of the Arts & Crafts movement, which aimed to use decorative arts to create an artistic home as a sanctuary from industrial life. This William Morris wallpaper pattern certainly creates a domestic oasis, but it also has a secondary, documentary function: though once abundant throughout Europe, the snakeshead fritillary pictured is now an endangered species rarely found in the wild. While the industrialism to which Morris was so opposed has clearly prevailed in the fritillary’s case, his design immortalizes the flower in print.

William Morris’s wallpapers exhibit timeless appeal, with their patterning of natural forms that were meant to reflect and encourage a good, moral society. Morris was at the forefront of the Arts & Crafts movement, which aimed to use decorative arts to create an artistic home as a sanctuary from industrial life. This William Morris wallpaper pattern certainly creates a domestic oasis, but it also has a secondary, documentary function: though once abundant throughout Europe, the snakeshead fritillary pictured is now an endangered species rarely found in the wild. While the industrialism to which Morris was so opposed has clearly prevailed in the fritillary’s case, his design immortalizes the flower in print.

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Condition

Very good. Paper with slight warping. Not examined out of frame.

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References

See the following for samples of different colorways:

Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, 1980-46-1-176

Victoria & Albert Museum, CIRC.283-1959, E.545-1919, E.2211-1913, and E.543-1919

Very good. Paper with slight warping. Not examined out of frame.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

See the following for samples of different colorways:

Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, 1980-46-1-176

Victoria & Albert Museum, CIRC.283-1959, E.545-1919, E.2211-1913, and E.543-1919

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An essay for this object is forthcoming. Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when this essay is published!

This item ships for a flat-rate fee of $350 to US and global customers.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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