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Textile Designs At Rodney Archer’s House

“Rodney Archer, the Aesthete of Fournier St, & his pal Trevor Newton, the Curator, have been busy again, lining Rodney’s magnificent old house with a collection of original French nineteenth century designs for satins and silk velours, created at the Lyons factory of Antoine Donat between 1840 and 1865.

 

Trevor came upon these designs in a long-abandoned silk mill and they have not seen the light of day since the eighteen-seventies which accounts for their vibrant unfaded colours. Each design is labelled on the reverse with the date and instructions for setting up the loom, and all are for sale – many for as little as twenty pounds.

 

It certainly makes a splendid display in Rodney’s blue and gold drawing room on the first floor – the one with Oscar Wilde’s fireplace in it – and since these houses in Fournier St were built on the income from silk weaving, it is difficult to imagine a better location to enjoy these rich and extravagant designs, glowing in the February sunlight  …..

 

31 Fournier St will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from Thursday February 19th until Thursday March 19th – from 10am until 4pm weekdays and 2pm until 5pm on Saturdays. Numbers are limited and visits are by appointment only.

 

To receive an invitation, please email newtonartist@hotmail.com saying when exactly you would like to visit and how many will be in your party.”

 

 

The Gentle Author

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/02/03/textile-designs-at-rodney-archers-house/

 

Source: spitalfieldslife.com

As a lover of all things Fournier Street, this is a unique selling exhibition I don’t intend to miss. Highly recommended. 

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