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.)
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.