• Print History: Marguerites

    Print History: Marguerites

    Designed in the 1950s, Marguerites captures the sense of whimsy and the love of bright, over-scaled prints found in that period. In fashion as well as in home décor, bold, large florals – often with clear color-blocking –were popular in mid-20th century Europe and the U.S.  Originally printed on linen,...

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  • Print History: New York Mille Fleurs

    Print History: New York Mille Fleurs

    New York Mille Fleurs, a beloved D. Porthault print, was designed following one of Madeleine Porthault’s trips to New York City in the early 1950s.   Inspired by the vibrancy of life and color in New York - and captivated by the red sports cars and yellow taxi cabs she saw...

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  • D. Porthault Printing: Behind the Screens

    D. Porthault Printing: Behind the Screens

    D. Porthault’s textile printing progressed from hand painting, to block printing and, in the late 1940s, to screen printing. The hand-engraved screen printing process has changed little from that time, continuing today in our Normandy workshop. In block printing, the design shapes were carved in relief into wooden blocks, with...

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