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MID 20th-Century Textiles From Lenore Tawney and Annabert Yoors

Mid-20th-century textiles, although often dismissed as poor relatives of abstract paintings, are headed for gallery walls and fair booths in quantities not seen since the 1970s. They are coming to light partly because two major weavers, Lenore Tawney and Annabert Yoors, died in the last few years, and historians and dealers have started poring over their archives and surviving works.  Ms. Yoors, a Dutch designer who died last year at 83, was the first wife of Jan Yoors, a charismatic Belgian artist. He had escaped from Nazi prisons and lived in Gypsy camps before settling in New York in 1951. The couple collaborated on tapestries up to 20 feet long in bright shard patterns, some based on Himalayan mountain ranges, others on plowshare blades and still others on jungle tree trunks. Here are pictures of some their amazing tapestries Tiapale's   as well.


The pictures are courtesy of NY Times, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art.
1. Verdi, 1967. Collage, paper and bone on linen. 11″ x 13″|
2. Jan and Annabert Yoors’s tapestriy.
3. Lenore Tawney’s “Night Bird,” from 1958, combines linen, wool, rayon and silk.
4. Lenore Tawney’s tapestry.
5. Panel Entitled “Yellows”, 1958. Wool, linen, cotton, and silk, plain weave with discontinuous weft open warp areas; knotted warp fringe; feathers 216.7 x 128.2 cm (85 1/4 x 50 1/2 in.).
6. Martha Tiapale. Small Panel, c. 1954. Linen, wool, silk, rayon, cotton, metal-foil laminated in cellulose acetate film-wrapped cotton and rayon, metal-foil laminated in cellulose acetate film, and metal-foil-wrapped cotton, slit tapestry weave 42 x 32.3 cm (16 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.)

Millefiori beads

Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.
The term millefiori is a combination of the Itallian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). Apsley Pellatt in his book “Curiosities of Glass Making”) was the first to use the term “millefiori”, which appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1849. The beads were called mosaic beads before then. While the use of this technique long precedes the term millefiori, it is now frequently associated with Venetian glassware.
More recently, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated to fuse it, it is much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass.
Millefiori paperweight and beads.

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Antique Prussian porcelain sugar bowl.

This is an example of the exquisite detail and composition reflected in Harlan Miller’s collection of R.S. Prussia porcelain. Swans and birds will take your breath away.