artists & museums

  1. Vintage Fashion to Modern Table—Winter Sports

    Winter Sports, a new design debuting in our 2018 Christmas Collection, depicts a pattern of airborne skiers carving down tree scattered mountain slopes in flurries of snow. This playful and modern pattern, which trending this season on cozy, lodge-themed holiday tables, was first created in 1937.

    Hand-painted or likely stenciled by an unknown artist, the repeating pattern of red, green, white and gold skiers and snow-laden pine trees was applied to a full-length black silk dress. A tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the name of the dress as 'Indoor Sports.' It currently resides in the collection of the V&A.

    The dress, slimline with a straight skirt, raglan cut bodice, short sleeves, and a high round neckline, features a collar and cuffs trimmed grey-gold fur, a short peplum at the waist, and a front center slip up to the mid-calf. Its button-front bodice fastens with miniature plastic ski buttons and the soft black suede belt is faced with leather and fastened with two white plastic skis threaded through metal hoops attached by a silver chain to the belt. The attention to detail and craftsmanship are stunning and the hand-painted pattern is quite impeccably applied.

    The lucky wearer of this dress was a young woman named Leah Barnett Ross (1915-1969). She was painted wearing the dress in the same year it was made, 1937, by the society portrait painter James Penniston Barraclough (1891-1942). In this oil painting, she is seated on a fur rug against a black background, her engagement ring prominently displayed on her left hand, wearing her ski-patterned Indoor Sports dress.

    The snowy pattern of trees and skis is making its next appearance now, 81 years later, in the Caspari 2018 Christmas Tabletop & Gift Collection. Charmed by the design we now call 'Winter Sports,' we adapted the pattern to create festive and cheerful tableware, napkins, gift wrap, and more. Available in three colorways, Winter Sports brings a fresh, chic, and slightly whimsical touch to holiday occasions and decor this season. Paired with our new Plaid Check design, Winter Sports becomes a modern take on a winter lodge look that cozies up tabletops and gift presentations with a perfect wintery theme.

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  2. Behind the Designs—Caspari Museum Collection

    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.


    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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