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We are pleased to present original gouache on paper works from the 1930s attributed to Antonio Ratti while he was employed by Tessile Serica Italiana, Francis Clivio & C. , Como. Antonio Ratti ( Como , September 22 1915 - 2002 ) was an Italian entrepreneur silk textiles, recognized worldwide for the beauty of his paisley designs. Born in Como of a lower middle class family, he studied at the school of the silk factory 'Paolo Carcano'. In the early years, he worked in silk industries such as Clive Francis and Guido Ravasi of Como , where he became chief designer and in 1945 began the "weaving Serica Antonio Ratti." In 1972 he was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro and in 1998 he founded the FAR (Fondazione Antonio Ratti) textile museum. Antonio Ratti is a dedicated exhibition area at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York he funded in 1995 .

Antonio Ratti Textile Center and Reference Library

from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website: Whether created for insulation, comfort, or decoration, out of utilitarian or luxurious raw materials, textiles represent the iconographic and ornamental expressions of their respective civilizations, as well as the geographic and historical paths by which the techniques and motifs employed in their creation have traveled from one civilization to another. Their portability, in fact, has made them one of the most significant commodities in human history.

The Paisley motif originated in woven Kashmiri shawls, which became known in Europe around the end of the seventeenth century. A hundred years later, production started in Europe, and it reached Paisley in 1805. Throughout the last century, there was increasing diversity in the production techniques. Printing was used as an alternative to weaving. The modern Ratti era of Paisley started in the late 1940s, with printed ties and handkerchiefs, and has now diversified into a range of products. The success of the operation depends on creative development of the design and attention to detail by the whole production team.


Please view our individual offering below. These illustrations are from the 1930s, before his re-introduction of paisley.

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Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 3
Price: $80.00

Gouache. Geometric objects in circular image.  Black, white and red. Created on card stamped - Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C. Como with logo. Design size 2 3/4" in diameter and Card size5" x 6 1/2" .
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 4
Price: $80.00

Gouache. Geometric designs in square image.  Blue, black and white. Illustrators pencil markings. Created on card stamped - Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C. Como. Design size 3" x 3" and Card size 6" x 9".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 7 - Set of 3
Price: $200.00

Gouache. Starburst design.  Red, blue, yellow, and white. Created on paper. Illustrators pencil grid. Design size 4 3/4" x 7".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 6
Price: $240.00

Gouache. Exotic fish design. Red, yellow and black. Stamped on reverse - Schizzi Novita E Disegni Como. Design size 4 1/4" x 7 1/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 10
Price: $280.00

Gouache. Decorative designs. Green, orange, white and black. Created on card stamped - Francis Clivio & C. with logo. Design size 4 7/8" x 6 1/4" and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 11
Price: $280.00

Gouache. Decorative designs. Blue, green and white. Created on card stamped -  Francis Clivio & C. with logo. Hand penned design No. 11.  Design size 5 1/8" x 6 1/8" and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".han
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 9
Price: $288.00

Gouache. Decorative designs. Purple, white and black. Created on card stamped - Francis Clivio & C. with logo.  Design size 4 3/4" x 6 1/4" and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 12
Price: $320.00

Gouache. Decorative designs.  Grey, white and tan. Created on card stamped -  Francis Clivio & C. Como with logo. Hand penned design No.11.Design size 4 7/8" x 6 1/4" and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 13
Price: $320.00

Gouache. Decorative design.  Pink, black, blue and tan.  Created on card.  Design size 4 3/4" x 6 1/8" and Card size 5 3/4 x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 14
Price: $320.00

Gouache. Decorative design. Red, blue, yello and black.  Created on card stamped - Francis Clivio with logo. Design size 5 1/4" x 6 1/4"  and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 15
Price: $320.00

Gouache. Decorative design. Orange, blue red and black. Created on card stamped - Francis Clivio & C. with logo. Hand penned design No.10. Design size 4 7/8" x 6 1/4" and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 17
Price: $320.00

Gouache. Decorative design. Green, pink and black. Created on card stamped - Francis Clivio & C. with logo. Design size 4 7/8" x 6"  and Card size 6" x 8 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 5 - Set of 3
Price: $360.00

Gouache. Geometric designs on paper. Black, white and red.  Stamped on reverse- Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C. Design size 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No.1
Price: $360.00

Gouache. Created on paper. Decorative designs. Red, white and black. Design size 5 1/2" x 6 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 18
Price: $380.00

Gouache. Geometric patterns. Yellow and black.  Created on red paper. Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C. Como with logo. Design size 3 1/4" x 3 3/4".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 8 - Set of 8
Price: $400.00

Gouache. Decorative device designs. Created on blue paper. Stamped on reverse - Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C. Como. Design size 3 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 2 - Set of 6 Olympian theme
Price: $480.00

Gouache. Olympian designs - Running, Wrestling,  Javelin and Discus. Created on card stamped - Tessile Serica Italiana Francis Clivio & C.  Como with logo. Design size 3 1/4" x 4 3/4"  and Card size  4 3/4" x 6 1/2".
Antonio Ratti Gouache Silk Textile Design No. 16 - Set of 9
Price: $480.00

Gouache. Decorative device designs. Black, red and white. Created on blue paper. Design size 3 3/4" x 4".