Early 'Stjärnor på rödt' (Stars on red) rug

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips wishes to thank Angelica Persson from Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB for her assistance cataloguing the present lot.

    Between 1913 and 1919 Märta Måås-Fjetterström co-directed the newly established weaving school at the Föreningen för Svensk Hemslöjd (Association of Swedish Handicraft) in Vittsjö in the northern Skåne countryside. The position afforded Måås-Fjetterström the freedom to begin developing her own designs, techniques, and working methods, including creating watercolour drawings and yarn samples from which her designs could be interpreted and executed by skilled weavers. It was during this early period that Måås-Fjetterström designed the present rug entitled 'Stjärnor på rödt' (Stars on red), which was likely woven by her students at the weaving school. When Måås-Fjetterström left the school in 1919 to open her own studio in Båstad, she invited several of her former students to work with her, subsequently establishing a renowned practice of over twenty professional crafts women. Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB will celebrate their centenary in 2019.

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Early 'Stjärnor på rödt' (Stars on red) rug

designed and executed 1913-1919
Handwoven wool on a linen warp.
410 x 292 cm (161 3/8 x 114 7/8 in.)
Hand-stitched at a later date with designer's intials MMF.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

sold for £25,000

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta E Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019
mhortaecosta@phillips.com

Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018