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An antique paper weaving portfolio in the original decorated fine calf with 78 woven paper patterns done with a needle on twenty large cards, for display and instruction, the reverse side of each card showing the mirrored patterns of the facing side
OFFERING: An exceptional textile and design offering with 78 woven paper patterns done with a needle circa 1870 by an unidentified master weaver in Germany, on both sides of twenty cards for display and instruction, the reverse side with the mirrored patterns of the facing side. The 5.12 x 3.66 inch heavy paper cards, half retaining their original edge sleeves are sleeved loose in the original fine calf portfolio, the upper side decorated by hand with a woven paper rose path design, framed by a doubled, wavy zig zag and square sewn border. PATTERNS: Many are of considerable interest and display side to side variations and fill contrasts with the reverse sides displaying mirrored color and direction weave variations. Forty patterns are twills: twenty are stripes: sixteen are block repeats including 8 monk's belt: two are mazes. FORMAT: Ivory calf portfolio with fold-in spine and two silk ribbon closures with all-over silver thread edge stitching. The upper side of the portfolio is decorated with a hand sewn silver thread border with doubled wavy zig zags and corner squares with repeated line elements, the border framing the woven paper rose path pattern in the center. SIZE: Covers: 145 x 111 mm / Cards: 130 x 93 mm (so larger than a large tarot card). CONDITION DETAIL: Owner Markings: note handwritten in pencil in margin on Side 23. / Cards: trace and minor tip bends, a few with trace edge wear. / Woven Designs: two sides with area of spotting or soiling, all other sides clean. 27 sides bright to about bright; a few sides with slight sun fade to small areas, eleven sides with significant sun fade, two sides entirely sun faded to brown. / Edge Sleeves: Twenty sides retain protective edge sleeves: Twenty sides missing edge sleeves show some glue residue and needlepoint, or ink marks on start and end rows that would otherwise be hidden. / Portfolio: Fair, woven design sun faded, missing parts of four warp strips from background field adjacent to inner edge, sides with minor soiling, a few fox spots, upper side with two ring stains. / Sewing: Fine / Spine: Fine / Inner Sides: Fine / Ribbons: with wear. PATTERNS IN IMAGES: Sample 6: Mirrored patterns of Sample 5: Left Side: Diamond Block Repeat with polygon field fills with alternating centers, ellipse and square / Right Side: Square Block Repeat with rose path fills, each fill subtly different. Sample 10: Diamond twill half brick patterns with bisecting point-to-point triangle fills, a dentate base edge on the left, and with the reverse of the right side pattern of Sample 9. Sample 11: Left Side: half brick diamond twill with rose path fills / Right Side: Maze. Sample 17: Left Side: Dentate zig zag vertical stripes with small square fills / Center: block repeat of open rose path motifs / Right Side: a finely executed twill with rose path motifs and repeating small square border. Sample 23: Wavy chevron stripes with small square accents, sides with stripe and color variations. Sample 31: Dentate herringbone twills with cross and small square accents; left side with a wider stripe variation. Sample 35: Left Side: interlocked staggered chevrons accented with rows of crosses / Right Side: interlocking cross twill. PRICE NOTE: Regardless of rarity or importance, condition is accounted for and price is greatly reduced. REFERENCE: Beaumont, Roberts, Color in Woven Design, 1890. Black, Mary, The Key to Weaving: A textbook of hand weaving for the beginning weaver. Brosterman, Norman, Inventing Kindergarten. Bruce, Tina, Friedrich Froebel. Davison, Marguerite, A Handweaver's Pattern Book. Donat, Franz, Die Färbige Gewebemusterung. Hoffman, Weaving on Paper. Houze, Rebecca, New Mythologies in Design and Culture. Kastanek, Ivo, Manual of Weave Construction. Kohler, Die Praxis des Kindergartens. Kraus-Boelté, Maria and John Kraus, The Kindergarten Guide (two volumes). Marenholtz-Bülow, Reminiscences of Friedrich Froebel. Posselt, Emmanuel Anthony, Dictionary of Weaves. Wiggin and Smith, Froebel's Occupations. Windeknecht, Margaret, The Rose Path Motif: An Approach to Weaving Design. Windeknecht M., Point Twill with Color-and-Weave. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.
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