June Groff, American, 1903 - 1974
June Groff’s brilliantly colored free-form fabrics give the appearance of being hand painted, revealing the influence of her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. During the late 1940s and early 1950s Groff’s textiles were used by several leading American fashion designers as well as in retail displays designed by Paul McCobb for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture store in New York and in sculptor Wharton Esherick’s home outside of Philadelphia.
The design seen here was acquired by Jack Lenor Larsen, Inc. and in 1954 was launched as Spice Garden, the company’s first printed textile. One of Larsen’s most popular patterns, it remained in production for over twenty years and was available in a number of different colorways and in a variety of fabrics. In 1981 a velvet version was included in Larsen’s Magnificata collection.