Arts & Crafts movements—around the world—sought to "revive" (or "pay homage to") the ancient cultures, histories, art or literature of their particular countries. It was a way of "going back to the older, better times" which haunted the memories of contemporary people. The Brits referenced Medieval literary figures in their Arts & Crafts creations: knights, maidens, monarchs and heraldry. The Germans revived their Gothic folklore and fairy tales. The Celts restored their ancient, Viking-inspired decorative elements (knots, crosses, dragons and hearts). While in America, Arts & Crafts designers paid homage to the ancient, native cultures which populated the country before the arrival of Europeans: Native Americans.
Shown here, a Roseville vase from the early Thirties. This two-handled urn is hand-painted with a Navajo-inspired decor called "Monticello." Despite its Italian (or Neoclassical) name, the pattern clearly is inspired by the Indian artistry of the American Southwest. Even the autumnal, earthy colors are reminiscent of the Southwestern desert. This sizable piece will make a strong statement in any home decor: Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Industrial Modern or (even) Country Primitive. Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
More Autumnal Offerings tomorrow and in the days to come.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248