Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Blue and Purple Reign

At every turn this week, I've encountered beautiful examples of rich eggplant and soft amethyst mixed with blue. Case in point: John Robshaw's Palitana print from his fall 2013 collection.

[Breach Candy in Anjeer Lilac by textile designer Seema Krish]

And thumbing through an advance copy of Tom Scheerer Decorates, I spied Seema Krish's hand-embroidered and block-printed cotton deftly mixed with Kelly Wearstler's Bengal Bazaar and Carolina Irving's Andaluz in viola. (When Scheerer combines them, it works.)

[Via Irving]

[Via Groundworks]

So let's take a look at the combo as used throughout art history.

There's the previously posted Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by Sargent, 1892, now in National Galleries Scotland.

Manganese purple,  Iznik-navy and turquoise plus a dusky sage-green come together in this 16th-century Turkish dish from The Met's Havemeyer Collection. The Museum says that a Chinese influence on the stonepaste piece can be seen in the wave, foam and rock design of the rim as well as its cusped edge drawn from a Ming prototype.

An anonymous French textile designer opted to use alternating purple and blue stripes with a gold circle in an early 20th century drawing with strong Deco and late Art Nouveau influences. Another piece from The Met.

[Via The Met]

White silk was dipped in purple dye to create this Edo period Japanese stitch- and paste-resist-dyed and painted silk crepe textile. The maple leaves are rendered in blue, gold and green.

Traveling way, way back to Rome, in the first half of the 1st century A.D., there's this Missoni-esque glass mosaic bottle. The Met describes the colors used as: "Translucent cobalt blue, almost opaque deep purple, and opaque white." What an example of the parallels between ancient and modern design.


Lisa Hjalt said...

Speaking of eggplant, I was just admiring recently a cushion by Robshaw with the name Bindi Brinjal. I don't know if it's a new fabric or old, which of course doesn't matter. I'm fascinated by that Irving print, wouldn't mind having a cushion made of it.

It feels as if every time I open your blog a book finds it way to my wish list. I just added the Tom Sheerer one, cannot wait to browse through that one. Thanks for sharing.

Style Court said...

Hi Lisa, I love Brinjal from the earlier collection, too. I think you will really appreciate the well-illustrated Scheerer book -- post to be up shortly.

-- Courtney

Emile de Bruijn said...

Only on Style Court would you get Sargent and Iznik pottery and Japanese resist-dying and Roman glass all in the same post - great:)

Style Court said...

Maybe I should be Random Court : )

Anonymous said...

Did you see Seema Krish's home on Apartmenttherapy last week? Her textiles look even more beautiful in her own home.There's a window blind in purple and blue!

Style Court said...

Rina --yes, those shades are great.

Fabrizia Caracciolo said...

May I ask you what is the title of the book on Africa on the cover of your blog?

Style Court said...

Fabrizia -- it's a vintage copy of Out of Africa. Hope that helps.

Fabrizia said...

Thanks a lot for your help