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In 1867, an English designer bought a shipment of Japanese objects for Tiffany's jewelry store in New York City. That same year Japan showed some of their crafts and artwork at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and as a result, all things Japanese became quite fashionable. Simple Japanese designs became popular among American artists and designers such as the Deerfield (Massachusetts) Society of Blue and White Needlework, who used them to create an increasingly popular new style of beauty in every day objects. The maker's mark, a "D" in the flax wheel, appears in the center of the design.


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Square-"Seaweed and Dragon Flies"

artisan   Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework
date   1905-1915
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   15.5"
width   15.0"
process/materials   embroidered linen on linen
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #NBW.099

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