The Queen's Cushion
The Company has a number of the fine examples of British Weaving, a number of examples of which are shown here. Firstly to celebrate the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth becoming the longest serving monarch, the Worshipful Company of Weavers decided to present her with a gift made from woven textiles. Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, houses some of the most important furniture in the Royal Collection. The State Green Drawing Room displays an early 19th Century gilt suite featuring pure silk tissue in green with gold figuring in a design from the reign of George IV. The silk tissue was first woven by Charles Norris & Company in Spitalfields who later moved its silk weaving to Sudbury in Suffolk, The design also featured in ‘Hand Weaving’ by Luther Hooper, published in 1910, who recorded how the cloth was constructed. When Warner & Sons took over Daniel Walter’s firm in Braintree in 1896, they inherited the Norris design for the cloth for the State Green Drawing Room, and remade the intricate design for the Palace.
When the 1844 State Room at Buckingham Palace was redecorated, a damask version of the pattern was woven at Humphries Weaving Company. This was used again for the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after the great fire. However, the importance of furniture in the State Green Drawing Room merited upholstering in the richest tissue possible, as it was originally. The result is the souvenir cushion handmade by Michelle Humphries from sumptuous silk woven by Humphries Weaving Company at Sudbury Silk Mills, Sudbury, Suffolk, and completed during Richard Humphries’ Year of Office as Upper Bailiff.