High five: the best Lib­erty prints

Country Life Every Week - - Liberty -

• Among the old­est de­signs is Hera, named af­ter the Greek god­dess as­so­ci­ated with pea­cocks—the bird’s feath­ers were a fash­ion­able Aes­thetic Move­ment mo­tif dur­ing the last quar­ter of the 19th cen­tury. New colour­ways pre­serve its fresh­ness

• A de­signer iden­ti­fied only by his or her ini­tials, D. S. cre­ated the Tana Lawn rose-trail pat­tern cur­rently called Felicite in 1933. It re­turned to pro­duc­tion in 2001

• Ben­gal, de­signed by Bernard Nevill in 1969, re­vis­ited the Ori­en­tal roots of Lib­erty style in a zesty, up­dated pal­ette

• Petronella chintz was in­spired by a draw­ing of the 1820s, de­pict­ing Per­sian-style pinks, in the Lib­erty ar­chives. It suggests Iznik pot­tery, North African fret­work and the smaller re­peat pat­terns of Mor­ris & Co

• In 1960, Lib­erty re­leased Eusta­cia, a large-scale Art Nou­veau-style flower pat­tern, as part of its Lo­tus Col­lec­tion. More than half a cen­tury later, the print is still high im­pact and high oc­tane

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