1948 Original Serigraph Winnebago Indian Blanket Floral Design Wisconsin DAW1


This is an original 1948 four-color serigraph of a decorative floral and geometric pattern design from a Winnebago Native American Indian blanket, owned by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in Madison. The Great Lakes region and Mississippi Valley Indians specialized in over 150 years of appliqué artwork and craftsmanship, originally using silk ribbons they received from traders. It is believed that this kind of design would adorn skirts and/or shawls worn by Winnebago young women on special occasions.

Period Paper has obtained an interesting and rare collection of serigraphs (a silk-screen process) deaccessioned from a major Wisconsin library with interesting historical design and decor motifs from the 19th century. Many of the designs of alien origin here have their counterparts in American design today. In this collection you will find a variety of implemented designs in different media portrayed Ñ carved and painted wood, cast and wrought iron, beadwork, embroidery, needlepoint, appliquŽ, quill work, pottery, rug making and even Easter egg coloring. These designs were obviously influenced by a wide variety of settlers of Wisconsin, including members of the the three largest Indian tribes. These original serigraphs would look stunning framed, and their color saturation is exceptional.


This 63+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that this art board was held in a collection by a Wisconsin Library and was recently deaccessioned. A few marks may exist on the verso but in no way impact the original art on the front of the board.

  • Product Type: Original Serigraph; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 13.25 inches; 26 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: decorative art, folk, handicrafts, flowers, pastels, vines, botanical, rectangular, square, fabric, clothing, apparel, fashion, history, historical, indigenous, tribe, tribal, leaves, petals, dress, tradition, traditional, culture, cultural