Thursday, August 7, 2014

Trellis: Modern/Not Modern?

Modern as a lattice pattern looks
there is a conflict (if one were a stickler for modernism.)

Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace is a late -18th-century garden of lattice.

One of the basic principles of modernism is "Make it New," to quote Ezra Pound. The trellis is a revival...a Romantic revival at that.
Salon de treillage
(Trellis room)
Treillage was the ultimate in ostentatious European taste
that Modernists were rebelling against.

Robert M. Kelly writing about the pattern in the Old House Journal remarks on how the Romantic poets were stunned by the idea of a trellis wallpaper bringing beloved nature into the home. When Percy Shelley first saw trellised wallpaper festooned with flowers and grapes in London about 1800 he had to touch it and then said (poetically), "We must stay here; stay for ever."

Read Kelly's article at this link:

A painted screen found in New Orleans
shows the French influence

Design for Trellis wallpaper by William Morris
Fifty years later the trellis was still fashionable enough for it to figure in William Morris's early wallpaper designs

Trellis wallpaper

Jasmine Trellis by William Morris
The interplay of organic line over structured
grid is interesting, but is it modern?

I've been posting about trellis pattern, probably because like Elsie de Wolfe I was frightened by the wallpaper when I was a child. I do recall a trellis with ivy in the kitchen.

Contemporary sort of 3-D bamboo and wisteria look

I'm still frightened by lattice wallpaper.

Vintage fashion for pottery and trellis

Fabric from a mid-20th-century dress

Napoleonic bees in an Empire revival paper

Can there be a Romantic Modernism?
Or is it an oxymoron?

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it "modern" in how it is being used? Instead of a real trellis or a painted/wall papered I want to be a trellis decoration, the quilters use of a trellis is more because that shade of taupe is perfect for the background of my feathered star! (Unlike a quilt that is a pictoral representation of a garden with a pieced or appliqued trellis that doesn't even use the "modern" print.)