Yvonne Clarinval, textile design “Le Feu”, presented at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 1925. Made by Tassinari & Chatel, Lyon. Via CooperHewitt

This fabric is one in a series which represents the four elements earth, water, air and fire – a popular theme throughout the history of decorative arts. Added is here the salamander, for centuries in France this animal was associated with courage and thriving.