|Watercolour study of a tulip, 1909, Winifred Mold. (SD26505)|
This naturalistic study of a tulip forms part of the Silver Studio’s collection of Winifred Mold’s sketches and designs, for dress and interior fabrics between 1910 and 1940.
Winifred Mold was one of a small number of female designers employed by the Silver Studio during that period. Many of her finished designs were worked up from such naturalistic studies:
Winifred Mold printed textile design 1927. (SD8824)
(For further information on Winifred Mold, please refer to:Protheroe, Keren. Bloom and Blotch: The Floral Print and Modernity in the Textile Designs of Winifred Mold and Minnie McLeish 1910-1930 , unpublished PhD thesis, Kingston University, 2013. Also: The Silver Studio and Women Designers - Keren Protheroe at MoDA).
Tulips figure as a popular flower throughout the history of Silver Studio design, often used as a highly stylized floral motif:
|l-r: Design in crayon and charcoal c. 1895 (SD11198); The Tulip Garden Frieze, 1902 (SW649); Art Nouveau design, c. 1905 (SD26789); Design for a printed furnishing by Lewis Jones for the Silver Studio, 1932 (SD447).|
The tulip itself gained legendary status as a commodity in Europe during the 17th century, when it was imported from Turkey to Holland. This formed the background of the popular novel Tulip Fever (Deborah Moggach, London: Vintage Books, 1999) and is a featured subject of Anna Pavord’s study of the flower and its origins: The Tulip (London: Bloomsbury, 1999).
So, the growing and marketing of the cut flowers and bulbs has long been synonymous with Amsterdam, and the tulip has become a public park staple – an emblem marking the first bloom of spring for many European towns and cities.