Clovelly Toile de Jouy
“There’s something so powerful about beautiful things created in beautiful places. Clovelly Silk have an unerring knack of effortlessly and elegantly translating the sublime into the ravishingly glamourous. On top of which they, like me, worship at the aesthetic altar of the divine Rex Whistler.”
Created in 1932 by Rex Whistler.
Resurrected by Ann Jarvis for Clovelly Silk.
Depicting six charming views of Clovelly, interspersed with vignettes of flowers and maritime objects in a beautiful Toile de Jouy style.
Celebrated artist, illustrator and muralist Rex Whistler (1905-1944) created the 'Clovelly' Toile de Jouy design.
Rex Whistler loved Clovelly and was commissioned by Christine Hamlyn to develop his sketches of the village into a textile design in 1932.
A good friend and frequent visitor to the Hamlyn family, he spent much of his time making sketches in Clovelly village, enchanted by the fishermen's cottages and the steep cobbled street, tumbling down to the busy, working harbour ~ all of which, incidentally, has changed very little since he drew them.
The beautiful pattern was adapted, and four of the views were produced by Wedgwood on ceramics. Despite many Wedgwood pieces surviving to this day, due to the nature of textiles, very little of the original 'Clovelly' fabric is still in existence. Sadly, the copper roller, used to print the fabric was melted down for the war effort after only a very short time in production.
Many years later, Ann Jarvis set up her studio-workshop in Clovelly. Specialising in classic English design, Ann was thrilled to discover a small piece of the 'Clovelly' fabric in one of the cottages. She suggested to The Hon John Rous that she would like to revive the design, which he enthusiastically agreed to and she set about re-scanning the original design to fit into the modern fabric width of 54” - making sure that nothing was lost in translation.
Today, this exquisite design is produced in six classic colour ways and is sold exclusively from the Clovelly Silk workshop.