Our design team are always touched and excited to create a presentation solution for a highly personal item which is of great sentimental value to the owner. This stunning collection of 21 painted illustrations was created by Miriam Tilden in 1930’s New York, the mother of our client Patsy Hickman.
‘In 1930, she left home aged 19 to seek her fortune in New York City, blazing the same trail for independence that Lillian Hellman, Lee Miller, Karen Horney and Dorothy Parker forged as talented, emancipated women ... She managed to land a job at Bergdorf Goodman at the height of the depression and her wonderful photographic good looks brought her to the attention of their in-house fashion photographer. In time, she began to suggest her own dress designs. ... These watercolours are her surviving testimony from those years.’
Each piece has been mounted within an 8ply natural white mount board with a dark tip, subtly outlining the drawing and complementing the effortless style of the designs. The wooden frames have been cut into a stylised ‘Deutsche’ profile, designed to be in keeping with the period in which the works were created and the fashions they depict. Stained and waxed to a black / brown finish, the rich tone of the wood enhances the bold colours of the artwork with a striking result. Each piece has been protected with our highest museum quality frame glazing which contains an ultra violet light filter, a low glare coating and is ‘water white’ for optimum clarity.
‘Tim Blake’s masterful frames materialise the effect I had been searching for fifteen years but not found. For the first time in their history my mother’s paintings are honoured, they are no longer simply design - they are transformed into Art’
1930's dress designs