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Textile (France)

This is a Textile. It is dated ca. 1700 and 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.

This object was donated by John Pierpont Morgan. It is credited Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.

  • Textile (France)
  • silk, metallic yarns (metal foil wrapped silk-core yarns).
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund.
  • 1960-72-6
  • Textile (England)
  • silk, metal-wrapped silk-core yarns of three types.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors.
  • 1990-150-2

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Textile (France)
  • silk, metallic yarns.
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-414

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 91.4 x 48.3 cm (36 x 19 in.) H x W (b): 29.2 x 49.5 cm (11 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Textile (France); silk, metallic; H x W (a): 91.4 x 48.3 cm (36 x 19 in.) H x W (b): 29.2 x 49.5 cm (11 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-900-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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