Pick of the week
Walter Crane ties neatly into a theme of this week’s column, as he, Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott were the pictorial drivers of the late-19th-century Georgian revival. At the London Antique Rug and Textile Fair from January 22 to 27 on the mezzanine level of what is now known as the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, with the Winter Decorative fair below, he will be represented by an exceptional 10ft 5in by 4ft 4in embroidery hanging.
It will be offered by Meg Andrews from Hackney, a new exhibitor at the fair, who points out that the embroiderer has used the ‘Burden Stitch’ in the basket. This was invented by Bessie Burden, sister of Jane Morris and sister-in-law of William, for whom she worked.
Other notable exhibits will include a Teke Turkmen wedding rug (above left) from Brian Macdonald (who will talk on Turkmen textiles on the Saturday at 11am) and, with Anthony Hazledine, a rare pair of chenille-and-linen Arts-and-crafts curtains of about 1910 (above right), designed by Sidney Mawson for Alexander Morton of Darvel, Ayrshire.