Designs for carpets, tapisseries or wallpapers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

23 designs, gouache on paper.

Administrative / Biographical History

These designs are unattributed but their geometric, abstract motifs and stylised floral designs painted in bright colours suggest that they were executed in Belgium. Dealers have attributed them to René Magritte (1898 - 1967), Victor Servrancx (1897 - 1965) or Edgard Tytgat (1879 - 1957), all of whom reputedly worked on this type of design in the early stages of their artistic careers. However, the extensive use of flat areas of color and rhythmical abstract patterns as well as the predominant palette of greys and the hard-edged geometric precision indicates a close resemblance to Viktor Servranckx's work in particular. Both him and René Magritte are known to have worked as designers at the Peters-Lacroix wallpaper factory in Brussels between 1918 - 1925.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive is available for consultation in the V&A Archive and Library Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday's between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm, access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email archive@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7603 7493.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from Christian Verbeke, 1984

Conditions Governing Use

For conservation reasons the photocopying of archival material is not permitted. Archives may be photographed for study purposes only, at the discretion of the archivist.