Chair with Floral Seat Back
Attributed to Roger Fry (1866–1934) for the Omega Workshops Ltd, embroidered by Winifred Gill (1891–1981) or Vanessa Bell (1879–1961), 1913
Omega furniture was manufactured by commercial firms but decorated by its artists. This chair was likely embroidered by Vanessa Bell or Winifred Gill, the Omega’s young manager. Embroidery appeared on seatbacks, cushions and fire-screens and was always made by the women artists. The style of the bouquet of flowers recalls that one of the principal sources of inspiration for Omega artists were the Cubist paintings of Picasso and Braque, which they knew well.
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