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Chef De Piece, "L'Abreuvoir" (The Well)

This is a chef de piece. It was designed by Jean-Baptiste Huët and manufactured by Oberkampf & Cie.. It is dated 1792–1815 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is plain weave cotton and its technique is printed by engraved plate. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This object was donated by Cora Ginsburg. It is credited Gift of Cora Ginsburg.

Its dimensions are

Height: 63cm (24 3/4in.). Width: 145cm (55 1/4in.) N.B. As the piece is quilted to a backing fabric with no apparent warp or weft, measurements were taken as Height and Width. Pattern: Not present in piece.

It is inscribed

Stamp at one end bearing the mark of Oberkampf factory in use from 1792 to 1815.(in black) Also in black: 51945, 14, RD 248 and 25. In red: M.M enclosed in a box. Handwritten in black ink: 248A. Also there are some faint impressions of other numbers which cannot be read. Note: the 5 in front on the 1945 is in a different font and a different type of ink.

Cite this object as

Chef De Piece, "L'Abreuvoir" (The Well); Designed by Jean-Baptiste Huët (1745 – 1811); France; plain weave cotton; Height: 63cm (24 3/4in.). Width: 145cm (55 1/4in.) N.B. As the piece is quilted to a backing fabric with no apparent warp or weft, measurements were taken as Height and Width. Pattern: Not present in piece.; Gift of Cora Ginsburg; 1994-80-2

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