Textile (France), ca. 1755
This 18th-century French damask features a single-color design that shows early influences of neoclassicism: scaled-down designs, open space around pattern motifs, and large repeats. Textiles during this period favored patterns with floral urns and vases surrounded by symmetrical floral and vine motifs, such as those found in this piece. Swaths of ribbons and arabesques were also common. Unlike the naturalistic English silks of the same period, French floral patterns were more stylized and formal. This style gradually replaced the curvaceous rococo and ushered in a period of taste for less ostentatious furnishing fabrics.
Woven European silks are a special strength of the museum’s textile collection, which includes lampas, velvet, brocade, satin, and damask examples. This piece would continue to strengthen our holdings, especially of mid-18th-century damasks with intact selvages.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Harry Hinson.
Its dimensions are
Warp x Weft: 254.3 x 57.2 cm (100 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Textile (France), ca. 1755; silk; Warp x Weft: 254.3 x 57.2 cm (100 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.); Gift of Harry Hinson; 2010-19-1