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Motif Collection

Background imageMotif Collection: Blue Dress / Beer 1922

Blue Dress / Beer 1922
Blue dress by Beer: low neckline, open to the hips at the side & worn over a grey slip. Bodice & low waistband decorated in a feather motif plus a bandeau & earrings

Background imageMotif Collection: Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, as design motif

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, as design motif in wallpaper, borders and fabrics.. Lithograph by Verneuil with pochoir (stencil)

Background imageMotif Collection: Art Nouveau Flowers

Art Nouveau Flowers
A decorative art nouveau motif of long-stemmed flowers in brown and black

Background imageMotif Collection: Cyclamen persicum plant as motif in designs

Cyclamen persicum plant as motif in designs for tapestry, fabric and wallpaper.. Lithograph by Anna Martin with pochoir (stencil)

Background imageMotif Collection: London Fire Brigade despatch rider at night

London Fire Brigade despatch rider at night
The badge of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, the design adopted at the 1906 congress held in Copenhagen. Depicts the figure of justice with scales and rising sun motif behind

Background imageMotif Collection: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, gatehouse wall clock

Harland and Wolff, Belfast, gatehouse wall clock
Rare gatehouse wall clock from Harland and Wolff, Queen?s Road, Belfast, dating from approx. 1900?1910 and still in working condition

Background imageMotif Collection: White Star Line - damask tablecloth

White Star Line - damask tablecloth
White Star Line - large embroidered damask tablecloth with central motif and Greek key border. 82 x 48 inches. Date: 1920s

Background imageMotif Collection: A Motif of Paris, 1892-1893, by Ludwik de Laveaux

A Motif of Paris, 1892-1893, by Ludwik de Laveaux (1868-1894). Polish painter. 19th Century Polish Art Gallery (Sukiennice Museum). National Museum of Krakow. Poland. Date: 2018

Background imageMotif Collection: Italy, Pompeii. House of the Wild Boar

Italy, Pompeii. House of the Wild Boar (Street of Abundance). Roman mosaic of the atrium depicting geometric motifs. In the centre a hunting scene: dogs attacking a wild boar. Date: 2014

Background imageMotif Collection: Knitted jacket and slacks, with a fashionable nautical theme. Date: 1954

Knitted jacket and slacks, with a fashionable nautical theme. Date: 1954

Background imageMotif Collection: Instructions for creating decorative patches to repair holes in fabric, with ideas for motifs

Instructions for creating decorative patches to repair holes in fabric, with ideas for motifs. Date: 1943

Background imageMotif Collection: The Ram in a Thicket. Ur

The Ram in a Thicket. Ur
The Ram in a Thicket. Rampant Ram perched on the tree of life, covered with gold leaf. The horns, eyes and back of the animal are of lapis lazuli. The base on silver

Background imageMotif Collection: A scene in a church, with the priests dead and the poor-box robbed, during the Spanish Civil War

A scene in a church, with the priests dead and the poor-box robbed, during the Spanish Civil War. On the wall, a hammer and sickle motif and the legend Viva Russia has been painted

Background imageMotif Collection: Plates decorated with floral motifs from Saint-Amand, France

Plates decorated with floral motifs from Saint-Amand, France. Hand-finished chromolithograph from Ris Paquots General History of Ancient French and Foreign Glazed Pottery, Chez l Auteur, Paris, 1874

Background imageMotif Collection: Glamour

Glamour
Glamorous lady wearing crown seated on throne framed by circular motif and stars on fawn background. Artist: Alphonse Mucha Date: circa 1890

Background imageMotif Collection: Dining Room Wembley Stadium Club (greyhound racing)

Dining Room Wembley Stadium Club (greyhound racing)
Close up table view in the diningn room of the new Wembley Stadium club, the latest resort of the elite who are interested in the newest sport in England, greyhound racing

Background imageMotif Collection: Banded Repetitive Motif Date: 1800

Banded Repetitive Motif Date: 1800

Background imageMotif Collection: GEORGIAN STAIRCASE

GEORGIAN STAIRCASE
This lovely ornate staircase, decorated with a grapevine motif on the walls, is within Royal Fort House, Bristol (now part of the University). Dated 1760, it is by Thomas Stocking. Date: 1760

Background imageMotif Collection: FOUNTAIN, 1820

FOUNTAIN, 1820
An ornamental fountain with a motif of shells and fish. Date: 1820

Background imageMotif Collection: PARTY CLOTHES 1930

PARTY CLOTHES 1930
A small at home drinks party. One of the male guests isnt stopping long - so no need to remove the topcoat. Notice the large dot motif dress of one of the ladies. Date: 1930

Background imageMotif Collection: WOMAN / MAROUSSILE DRESS

WOMAN / MAROUSSILE DRESS
Maroussile dress: finely beaded corsage with square neckline, narrow satin belt with paste clasp, softly gathered chiffon over-skirt ornamented with a tulip motif Date: 1927

Background imageMotif Collection: Ornamental Designs from Europe & Asia - 17th / 18th century

Ornamental Designs from Europe & Asia - 17th / 18th century
Ornamental Designs from Europe and Asia - 17th / 18th century. Date: circa 17th century

Background imageMotif Collection: In the Kingdom of Flowers - Liebig Blank Menu Card

In the Kingdom of Flowers - Liebig Blank Menu Card with motif of three flower fairies Date: circa 1899

Background imageMotif Collection: Greek pottery. Lekythos. Red figure. From Greece. 4th centur

Greek pottery. Lekythos. Red figure. From Greece. 4th centur
Greek pottery. Lekythos. Decorated with palmette. Red figure. 4th century BC. From Greece. Museum of Perfume. Barcelona. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Sarcophagus of a married couple. About 240 AD. Ancient Rome

Sarcophagus of a married couple. About 240 AD. Ancient Rome
Roman art. Sarcophagus of a married couple. About 240 AD. The couple extending hands to each other also appear in the side panels. He as a Greek orator, she as a muse, a cultural ideal. Glyptothek

Background imageMotif Collection: American Indian Influenced Art Deco

American Indian Influenced Art Deco
Art Deco decoration of a theatre in Albuquerque strongly influenced by Navajo and Zuni symbols and colours

Background imageMotif Collection: Suffragette Tea set Sylvia Pankhurst

Suffragette Tea set Sylvia Pankhurst
A Tea set designed by Sylvia Pankhurst for the W.S.P.U in 1909. It was commisioned from the Staffordshire Pottery firm of H.M Williamson for use in the tea room at the Womens Exhibition held at

Background imageMotif Collection: White Star Line, sports club brooch

White Star Line, sports club brooch
White Star Line, rare company Sports Club brooch, of circular form gold floral motif Inscription in a circular design, gilt lettering on a cherry red enamelled background

Background imageMotif Collection: Berlin Gold Hat. Fine gold leaf. 1000 BC

Berlin Gold Hat. Fine gold leaf. 1000 BC
Berlin Gold Hat. Thin gold leaf. Late Bronze Age. 1000 BC. Detail. Unknown origin, probably South Germany. Neues Museum. Berlin. Germany

Background imageMotif Collection: Albatros D V German fighter plane of Oblt Schliech

Albatros D V German fighter plane of Oblt Schliech
Albatros D V German fighter plane, first produced in early 1917. This machine carries the Bavarian Lion motif of Oberleutnant Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947), nicknamed the Black Knight

Background imageMotif Collection: Attack of the 47 Ronin and Ryogoku Bridge, Tokyo, Japan

Attack of the 47 Ronin and Ryogoku Bridge, Tokyo, Japan
Beautiful Japanese promotional postcard for the Toyo Kisen Kaisha Shipping Company which ran services between San Francisco, China and Japan

Background imageMotif Collection: Art Nouveau Motif

Art Nouveau Motif
A free-form swirl in which the original flower has been reduced to an abstraction

Background imageMotif Collection: Evening Dress / Poiret

Evening Dress / Poiret
Tunic dress by Paul Poiret: tubular skirt in a green spiral motif print, bronze coloured sleeveless tunic worn with a belt across the hips. Accessories: armlets & pearls

Background imageMotif Collection: Chemise & Knickers 1920

Chemise & Knickers 1920
A young woman with an angular bob hairstyle models a chemise & a pair of matching Directoire knickers ornamented with a circular motif trim

Background imageMotif Collection: Visigothic buckle of copper. Probably from Burgos

Visigothic buckle of copper. Probably from Burgos
Visigothic buckle of copper. Decorated with floral motifs and a radiated wheel in the center. Probably from Burgos (Castile and Leon). Episcopal Museum of Vic. Catalonia. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Advert Le Nenuphar, hair accessories 1909

Advert Le Nenuphar, hair accessories 1909
Photographs of Edwardian women wearing their hair more softer and fuller with accessories for evening wear, a small disc shape hair combs to be placed on one side inspired by nature. 1909

Background imageMotif Collection: Aryballos decorated with four warriors. From Corintio. 4th c

Aryballos decorated with four warriors. From Corintio. 4th c
Ancient Greece. Aryballos. Used to contain perfume or oil. Decorated with four warriors with shield, helmet and spear. From Corintio. 4th century BC. Museum of Perfume. Barcelona. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Ancient Greece. Aryballos. From Corintio. 4th century BC

Ancient Greece. Aryballos. From Corintio. 4th century BC
Ancient Greece. Aryballos decorated with geometric and vegetables motif. Used to contain perfume or oil. From Corintio. 4th century BC. Museum of Perfume. Barcelona. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Greek pottery. Pyx. 7th-6th century BC. From Corinth

Greek pottery. Pyx. 7th-6th century BC. From Corinth
Greek pottery. Pyx. 7th-6th century BC. Decorated with geometric motifs, lions and deer. From Corinth. Museum of Perfume. Barcelona. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Folding X-chair, c. 1620-1650

Folding X-chair, c. 1620-1650. Northern Netherlands. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Holland

Background imageMotif Collection: Five Javanese court officials, c. 1820-1870. Anonymous

Five Javanese court officials, c. 1820-1870. Anonymous. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Holland

Background imageMotif Collection: Sarcophagus of a married couple. Detail relief. About 240 AD

Sarcophagus of a married couple. Detail relief. About 240 AD
Roman art. Sarcophagus of a married couple. About 240 AD. The couple extending hands to each. Detail. Glyptothek. Munich. Germany

Background imageMotif Collection: Little Castle Tower. Cesky Krumlov. Czech Republic

Little Castle Tower. Cesky Krumlov. Czech Republic
Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov. Little Castle Tower. 13th-16th centuries. Reconstructed at the 20th century. Detail. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageMotif Collection: Rugs. 20th century. Csik, Romania

Rugs. 20th century. Csik, Romania
Woven rugs. 20th century. From Csik, Romania. Ethnographic Museum. Budapest. Hungary

Background imageMotif Collection: Vase of the Gazelles. Islamic art. Detail. 14th century

Vase of the Gazelles. Islamic art. Detail. 14th century
Vase of the Gazelles. Glazed pottery. Nasrid Period (1301-1400).14th century. Detail depicting two gazelles facing. Alhambra Museum. Granada. Spain

Background imageMotif Collection: Matching Dress & Jacket

Matching Dress & Jacket
Simple yet elegant dress with large motif at the neck line created using braid embroidery is worn with a white jacket with matching motifs, roll collar & padded shoulders. Date: 1930s

Background imageMotif Collection: Coat with Chain Motif

Coat with Chain Motif
A stylish, 3/4 length coat with wrap-over front, large revers, self-coloured belt & padded applique chain motif running down the bodice. Worn with a brimless hat. Date: 1930s

Background imageMotif Collection: Cornstalk Abstract

Cornstalk Abstract
Maybe they are meant to be ears of corn, but who cares - this is a splendid jugendstil motif, restrained yet full of impact. Date: 1904



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