In 1952 Life Magazine did an article on reproduction prints, which had apparently become the fashion for decorating.
Spaghetti straps on the cover.
They showed several prints for furnishings with the implication that these were accurate reproductions of vintage fabrics. The idea at the time seems to have been to stylize the antique imagery.
The original print that inspired the Bird & Fruit above.
Quite a few changes.
Here's an interpretation of a Portuguese print, a Chinoiserie. Loose interpretation.
I can guess the source was something like this stripe printed for the Portuguese (export) market.
This Portuguese print from the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ship print in a stripe, supposedly "an exact copy of ...a 19th Century French textile design."
I find this unlikely. It is interesting how the vogue for antiques became part of modernism.
Monticello from a print at Jefferson's home.
Read the article here: