Untitled design

Scope and Content

Dominant colour of design: Clover Leaf BS5065. Additional info: '239'; '984'; 'AS 122'; stamp on reverse with 'A. Silver, Designer, 84 Brook Green, London'; note attached with 'Silver Studio - with trademark/Silver Studio collection of 23 designs - with Art Nouveau sketches. C.R. Mackintosh (but scored out)'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Silver (1853-1896) is an important figure in British design history. He spent the 1870s as an apprentice to H. W. Batley, then, in 1880, he founded the Silver Studio, producing countless patterns for wallpaper, textiles and floorcoverings, as well as beautiful metalwork and plasterwork. Arthur Silver died in 1896 but in 1901 his son Rex took over and the Silver Studio continued to flourish, becoming highly influential in the decorative and domestic arts, and producing some of the most famous patterns for companies such as Liberty and Co. and Sanderson, until 1963. The Silver Studio is probably most well known for its striking and distinctive Art Nouveau style, but in fact produced work in a wide range of styles over the years. Some very important designers worked for the studio, amongst them John Illingworth Kay, Harry Napper, Walter Crane, Christopher Dresser and CFA Voysey.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Charcoal and paint on tracing paper. Condition: very poor - very torn and creased, tape used to repair, very fragile and only partially coloured

Related Material

STOD/DES/124 - other possible Silver Studio sketches referenced