This is a Textile. We acquired it in 1902. Its medium is silk, metallic and its technique is 4\1 satin damask with discontinuous supplementary weft patterning (brocade). It is a part of the Textiles department.
Silk designs of 1695 to 1715, commonly termed ‘bizarre,’ were characterized by sinuous lines, strong diagonal movement, and motifs in strangely juxtaposed scales, which might include architectural elements, chinoiserie, and fantastical fruits and flowers. The seventeenth century was the age of exploration, and fashionable novelty was found in the rare and strange. Botanical gardens such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid were established to cultivate exotic new species being brought back from expeditions to the tropics, and extraordinary specimens of all varieties were displayed in cabinets of curiosities of the well-to-do.
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Cite this object as
Textile (France); Previously owned by Francisco Miquel y Badía (Spanish, 1840–1899); silk, metallic; 1902-1-900-a,b
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.