Our elegant Peacock Feather Jacquard Shawl is adapted from a color woodcut by Maurice Pillard Verneuil (French, 1869–1942) in Combinaisons Ornementales
, a portfolio published in Paris about 1901, in the Museum’s collection. Favored for its shimmering exoticism by champions of the Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements, the peacock feather enjoyed a lively vogue as a design motif in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its graceful silhouette and rich iridescent hues were adapted to every manner of decorative art object: textiles and graphic design; porcelain, glass, and metalwork; even furniture and interior decoration.
Wool/Silk/Viscose. Imported. 74 1/2'' x 28''.