Designed by Candace Wheeler / Portiere / ca. 1884Designed by Candace Wheeler
ca. 1884

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Creator Name: Wheeler, Candace
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1827-1923
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Candace Wheeler
Creator Name: Associated Artists
Creator Qualifier: Workshop of
Creator Name-CRT: Workshop of Associated Artists
Title: Portiere
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1882
Creation End Date: 1886
Creation Date: ca. 1884
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Embroidered
Materials and Techniques: Silk velvet on metallic cloth with silk embroidery
Dimensions: 74 x 50 in. (188 x 128.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 28.34.2
Credit Line: Gift of family of Mrs. Candace Wheeler, 1928

This portiere represents the important collection of Wheeler's work at the Museum. The majority of the thirty-six pieces the Museum owns were given by Wheeler's daughter in 1928, at a time when her contribution to the field of design was largely forgotten. In recent years the extraordinary work of this pioneering figure has been the focus of much interest. Wheeler began her professional career after raising a large family; at age fifty-two she became a partner with of Louis Comfort Tiffany and two others in Associated Artists, a short-lived (1879-83) but highly influential interior design firm. After leaving the partnership, Wheeler went on to form her own company, also called Associated Artists, which worked exclusively on designing and producing textiles for the home. This portiere was probably made during the early years of that firm. Interestingly, it is unfinished; the embroidered silk details that enliven the uppermost full-blown velvet tulips were never completed on the lower flowers. Perhaps a client, or Wheeler herself, decided not to include the piece in a decorating scheme. Wheeler's firm did not just produce expensive custom projects like this portiere; the majority of the pieces in the Museum's collection are printed and woven fabrics intended for the growing middle-class market.

AMICA ID: MMA_.28.34.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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