Deco lamé silk shawl, 1920s
An antique fashion accessory, like this lovely shawl, is the perfect way to add a touch of tasteful elegance to a basic dress. The unsurpassed beauty of fine antique textiles makes them eagerly sought collectibles.
The shawl features a center panel of black satin damask printed with colorful bouquets of lilies. The panel is set in a double layer border of black silk chiffon. The woven damask pattern is brocaded with silvery bronze metallic fibers, which have taken on the burnished "old money" patina treasured by collectors. This antique patina is the tribute that time pays to beauty.
The exuberant Art Deco design is a celebration of color and graphic design. Textile designs of the early 20th century drew inspiration from a variety of sources. Here we see the influence of Fauvism (1905-1907), where vivid colors and simple flattened shapes were the dominant motifs.
These flowers are like the nosegay a traveler sends us from a distant land to which we shall never return. They let us breathe from the far country of our youth the scent of those spring flowers we used to gather in those carefree days.
The condition is excellent.
It measures 54" square.