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Repeating History: GP&J Baker Archival Prints

Decorators Best Historical Prints Design Inspiration GP J Baker Crayford Collection Pertelote Wallpaper Lee Jofa
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GP&J Baker was founded in 1884 by famed gardener and entrepreneur George Baker and his two sons George Percival and James. The Bakers employed leading Arts & Crafts designers and collected antique block prints along with rare cotton prints from India, creating an extensive library of both archive documents and textile designs. Detailed flowers and naturalistic imagery were translated from hand painted works of art into fabrics and wallpapers applicable for everyday use. Floral chintzes became archetypal of the GP&J Baker house and have endured as their signature style.

GP&J Baker’s greatest accomplishment has been its ability to remain modern while honoring its legacy. Under the direction of Creative Director Ann Grafton, GP&J Baker has updated many of the original textiles with modern colorings to create fabrics and wallpapers that are reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts style and, at the same time, contemporary. Most recently, GP&J Baker has released its Crayford collection, which features several rich-colored archive documents in fabric and coordinating wallpaper. Read more about these historic textiles to give your decor a classic twist:

Nympheus 1915

Decorators Best Historical Prints Design Inspiration GP J Baker Archive Fabric Nympheus 1915 Crayford Collection
Contemporary Office (2013) & Original Block Print Archives (1915)
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Adopted by Arts & Crafts artist William Turner from a Ming dynasty painted silk scroll, Nympheus depicts drooping lotus leaves sheltering kingfisher birds. This large floral pattern has a mysterious quality that makes it hard to identify as antique, retro, or contemporary. Its distinctive lines and block colors make it relevant to today’s decor.

GP J Baker Fabric Crayford Collection Historical Print Nympheus Linen Indigo Marine Linen R1206 9
GP & J Baker Nympheus Linen – Marine/Indigo/Linen Fabric
GP J Baker Fabric Crayford Collection Historical Nympheus Print Aubergine Lee Jofa 2010150 909
GP & J Baler Nympheus Print – Aubergine Fabric
GP J Baker Fabric Crayford Collection Historical Print Nympheus Linen Stone Pistachio R1206 1
GP & J Baker Nympheus Linen – Stone/Pistachio Fabric

Leaf Cascading 1903

Decorators Best Historical Prints Design Inspiration GP J Baker Archive Fabric Leaf Cascade 1903 Crayford Collection
Original Haite Watercolor (1903) & Contemporary Kitchen (2013)
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GP & J Baker first used the leading Arts & Crafts artist George C Haite’s watercolor “Leaf Cascading” as a hand-block print in 1903. Haite’s “freely-brushed clusters” of foliage are representative of the artist’s style and flow together like a well-groomed garden. Bring a sense of the English countryside into your home with Leaf Cascading drapery or upholstery.

GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Leaf Cascade Cotton Indigo BP10388 1
GP & J Baker Leaf Cascade Cotton – Indigo Fabric
GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Leaf Cascade Cotton Rose BP10388 4
GP & J Baker Leaf Cascade Cotton – Rose Fabric
GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Leaf Cascade Linen Ivory BP10389 1
GP & J Baker Leaf Cascade Linen – Ivory Fabric

Imperial Pheasant 1915

Decorators Best Historical Prints Design Inspiration GP J Baker Archive Fabric Imperial Pheasant 1915 Crayford Collection
Imperial Pheasant Fabric (2013) & Original Document Sketch (1915)
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Designed by Sidney G. Mawson for GP&J Baker in 1915, Imperial Pheasant portrays the contrasting aspects of love and nature by juxtaposing sweet magnolias with poisonous oleander flowers. Originally printed using 72 different blocks and featuring both pheasants and turtle doves, this textile has been revamped to accommodate advanced printing methods. Available as a wallpaper as well as a fabric, Imperial Pheasant’s vivid and on-trend colors enhance the exotic flair of the pheasant, magnolia and oleander flowers. Introduce this print into your polished decor to create a lively atmosphere.

GP J Baker Crayford Collection Historical Fabrics Imperial Pheasant Original Multi BP10462 1
GP & J Baker Imperial Pheasant – Original/Multi Fabric
GP J Baker Crayford Collection Historical Fabrics Imperial Pheasant Fuschia Linen Multi BP10462 3
GP & J Baker Imperial Pheasant – Fuschia/Linen/Multi Fabric
GP J Baker Crayford Collection Historical Fabrics Imperial Pheasant Vintage Multi BP10462 2
GP & J Baker Imperial Pheasant – Vintage/Multi Fabric

Bamboo Bird Trellis 1915

Decorators Best Historical Prints Design Inspiration GP J Baker Archive Fabric Bamboo Bird 1921 Crayford Collection
Traditional Drapery (2013) & Original Indian Cotton Hanging (1900s)
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Originally featured as a plate in George Percival Baker’s 1921 publication Calico Painting and Printing in the East Indies, the “Bamboo Bird” painting was inspired by an 18th  century hand painted Indian palampore, or cotton hanging. In 1915, GP&J Baker designer Burn was asked to transform the original painting into a block print. Burn maintained the central motifs and adapted the palampore into a symmetrical trellis. Birds perch along intertwining branches that create a diamond trellis with an all-over leaf background. This pattern looks stunning in a more traditional setting.

GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Bamboo Bird Trellis Coral Biscuit BP10465 4
GP & J Baker Bamboo Bird Trellis – Coral/Biscuit Fabric
GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Bamboo Bird Trellis Marine BP10465 1
GP & J Baker Bamboo Bird Trellis – Marine Fabric
GPJ Baker Crayford Collection Fabric Bamboo Bird Trellis Aqua Linen BP10465 6
GP & J Baker Bamboo Bird Trellis – Aqua/Linen Fabric

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