Serviettes and how to Fold Them
Belfast: Robinson & Cleaver, 1890’s.
Watson Library Special Collections: TX879 .S48 1890
Complementing the Museum’s 2010 exhibition, Vienna Circa 1780: an Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered featuring napkin folding designs, this catalogue from linen manufacturer Robinson & Cleaver, provides a nineteenth-century take on elegant napkin folding.
As a furnisher of linens to the royal family, Robinson & Cleaver represented excellence in Irish linen, and produced everything from damask to lace goods. Focusing solely on serviettes, the catalog includes diagrams and step-by-step instructions on how to create napkin folding designs including the “Fan,” “Water Lily,” “Cardinal’s Hat,” “Greek Cross” and “Collegiate.”