Oskar Ehrenzweig, textile designer : papers

Scope and Content

Designs for tie fabric (ca. 1947 - 1965); student work file (1921 - 1925); 1 box of additional designs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oskar H. Ehrenzweig (1906 - 1988) was born in Vienna, the son of a coal merchant. He studied textile design in Vienna between 1921 and 1925, and from 1927 was employed as a designer by Herzfeld & Fischl, a Czech firm of silk manufacturers. He subsequently worked for Hermann Pollack's Söhne in Vienna and Charles Mieg & Cie of Mulhouse. In 1932 he became chief designer for Stern & Loewenstein (subsequently Kersten & Sohn) a shirting manufacturer in Bocholt, in northwestern Germany. In July 1938 Ehrenzweig, who was Jewish, left Vienna for London, where he lived for the rest of his life. For a short time before the Second Word War, and then again after the end of War, he continued design for Kersten & Sohn, but he also designed on a freelance basis for a number of other manufacturers in Germany, Switzerland and Britain, from the 1940s through to his retirement in 1965.

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Acquisition Information

Given by David Lucas and John M. Lucas, 2007, AAD/2007/11

Given, 2009, AAD/2009/17

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