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Friday, November 04, 2005

National Trust

This tie is from England's National Trust, a non-profit organization founded in 1895 to preserve properties of natural beauty and historical significance from the rapidly encroaching tentacles of industry. In 1937 the Trust began its Country Houses Scheme, enabling it to receive and preserve palatial country manors and their associated estates, which might otherwise have been sold off piecemeal and (gasp) developed, as many were. It now includes 166 manors and 19 castles in its custodial care. This tie is entitled "Upton House Tapestry," and was designed by "Katrina". Upton House, near Banbury, Warwickshire, was built in the late 1600s, and is notable for its gardens and its art collection, which includes works by El Greco, Bosch, Bruegel, and Hogarth, among others. The vintage of the tapestry is unclear, but I'll guess that it's from the Arts and Crafts period (1870-1900). It's a pleasant jumble of fruits (cherries, grapes, pomegranates, and whatever that yellow one right in the middle is), flowers (no idea what) and leaves, larger in scale and less formal ly structured than the floral textiles of William Morris and Liberty of London. This is the only National Trust tie I've ever found, I hope there are more out there somewhere. There apparentely aren't any new ones, though, as the National Trust online shop doesn't list any.

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