Saturday, 18 February 2012
Bernard Rice: works on fabric
Another object for Yasser Mongy and one of my luckiest buys ever. I found this tablecloth designed by Bernard Rice just searching on ebay in an idle moment. It's on linen but I have no idea how it was printed but I assume it dates from the post-war period. You can see the influence of Chinese art, which Rice was very attracted to. And of course the Altamira and Lascaux-effect is there as well. It was the kind of thing they sold at Heal's in London. Perhaps not a great design but interesting all the same. And it is typical of Rice in its quirky sense of adventure.
Rice also made a large linocut called Rammuda in black and crimson on fine cotton. The British Museum acquired their proof (using the Shrimpton and Giles Bequest, which is a nice touch) in 1952 so he probably made it not long before that.
A reader remembers seeing this print, along with Bernard Rice, as a boy. He said it was on silk. But if he has a copy, I would be very interested to see an image! Neither the British Museum nor the V&A have images online but it is illustrated at the back of one of John Buckland Wright's books, which I no longer own.