Socialism is the Hope of the World Banner, English. circa 1890 For Sale
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Socialism is the Hope of the World Banner, English. circa 1890

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A rare, mint condition English Arts & Crafts period banner, with the words Socialism The Hope of the World in a ribbon banner below two flying birds flanking a beautifully stylized tree with rose blossoms, in the manner of William Morris, with the artist's initials WJ (as yet unidentified) in the roots of the tree, all in fresh colors, green blue, terra cotta on a taupe field, printed on a fine satin weave cotton. New museum quality framing, with UV resistant glass, a green silk matte and antiqued carved wood frame. The design of this banner is very similar to textiles and wallpaper designs by William Morris who, in addition to being a poet and the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, was also as a pioneer in the socialist movement in England. Born into a life of comfort, he rebelled against the ugliness which he saw around him which he saw as a result of the ravages of the profit-making principle that characterized factory production and brought poverty and misery to the factory workers. His designs, which focussed on the beauty of the natural world, and his craft society looked back to a medieval utopia when, he imagined, manual labour was fulfilling and highly valued. The red rose is the symbol of today's British Labour Party.

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  • Of the Period
    Arts and Crafts
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890s
  • Period
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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Mint condition with new, museum quality framing.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.5 in. x W 29 in. x D 1 in.H 72.39 cm x W 73.66 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    Essex, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU837710551053
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