|Bianchini Ferier (founded 1888)|
"Amour, Argent, Ambition". Love, Money & Ambition.
Watercolour and body colour on wove paper.
Annotated in pencil including design registration numbers & blind stamp.
4 x 4 inches.
Original textile design commissioned by the French silk weaving house
of Bianchini Ferier who worked for the great Paris fashion houses.
Bianchini Ferier (founded 1888):
The French silk weaving house of Bianchini Ferier was founded in Lyon in 1888 by Francois Atuyer, Charles Bianchini and Francois Ferier. In their first year they won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition Universalle of 1889 and then followed a century of success. The firm expanded rapidly and opened offices in Paris in 1897, London and Brussels in 1902 and New York in 1909. Atuyer died in 1912 and the company changed its name to Bianchini Ferier. The famous French Fauvist painter and designer Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) designed textiles for the company which helped to cement his reputation as one the greatest designers for fabrics of all time. The firm prospered through the nineteen twenties and thirties making fabrics and silks for the great fashion houses Worth, Madeleine Vionnet, Callot Soeurs, Jeanne Lanvin, Paquin and Patou. They weathered the depression and after the war expanded production of scarves for Hermes and then by the sixties were producing imaginative designs for the world's leading fashion houses including Givenchy, Balenciaga, Cardin, Dior, Feraud, Laroche, Nina Ricci, Yves Saint Lauent and Sherrer. In 1992 the business became part of Tissages Bauman who still run it. While parts of the archive have been acquired by other design archives around the world, the French Government acquired a significant part for the Musee Historique des Tissus in Lyon and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London also acquired designs including the design by Raoul Dufy for Les Patineurs.