The Caspari Design Team sources inspiration and artwork from artists and museums around the world. Inspired by fine art, ceramics, textiles, fashion, and interior design, each season we search through collections of art, old and new, to find the best resources to create designs desired by today's hostess, entertainer, and decorator. The stories behind the designs are something you may never expect. Here are some of the most recognizable works of art that form our collection of museum-inspired designs.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (ALICE IN A WINTER WONDERLAND)

This pattern was designed in 1930 for furnishing fabric. The pattern is based on Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carrol's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'. Artist, C. F. A. Voysey, created the print through hand-colored process engraving.

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LE MODERN

Designed by Morton Ribyat in graphite and watercolor, this bold pattern was originally created for use as a textile pattern. Our Le Modern designs give it an additional life as modern paper products.

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PROFUSION OF FLOWERS

18th-Century Chinese artist Qian Weicheng painted a 787.3 cm long collection of flowers, aptly called Profusion of Flowers. This is a segment of the full work from MFA Boston.

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MARITIME

The Schooner Yacht “America”, painted in oil by artist James Bard in 1851, memorializes the victory of the boat when it became the winner of the first formal racing competition between British and American vessels around England’s Isle of Wight.

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TOBACCO LEAF

This pseudo-tobacco leaf design was taken from an 18th-century porcelain serving dish made in Jingdezhen, China for export. The floral pattern was likely inspired by the popularity of tobacco motifs in the colonial South, however, the foliage more accurately depicts plants native to South East Asia or the Pacific Islands.

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VIENNESE NOUVEAU

Gustav Klimp’s well-known painting, Hope, II, was created in oil, gold, and platinum on canvas. Viennese Nouveau takes an up-close look at the exquisite Byzantine gold leaf and intricate detail of the piece.

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BEJEWELED

Our Bejeweled design was taken from a pattern of inlaid jewels on a necklace pendant. The original piece was discovered in Jaipur, Rajasthan in Northern India and features beautiful gold, yellow sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds.

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WINTER SPORTS

While the maker of this hand-painted dress is unknown, its wearer was Leah Barnett Ross and she was painted while wearing the dress by artist Barraclough, James Penniston. Tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the dress the name of 'Indoor Sports.'

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AUDUBON BIRDS

While John James Audubon was not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of America but his seminal Birds of America, a collection of 435 life-size prints, is still a standard against which 20th and 21st-century bird artists are measured. His Flamingo and Heron are among his most popularly reprinted works today.

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