Gothic Revival furnishing fabric - ROM2011_11769_12

ROM2011_11769_12

Gothic Revival furnishing fabric

Medium:Silk lampas
Geography: France
Date: 1830-1848
Period: Louis Philippe
Dimensions:
126 x 79.3 cm
Object number: 2009.125.11
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view
Description

This silk with modestly posed classical putti playing in an acanthus scroll inhabited by salamanders, eagles and squirrels enchants us with its exuberance and beauty. It is an excellent example of the Gothic Revival style popularized by Pugin and Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-19th century. The design is inspired by innovative and dynamic Late Gothic silks produced in Italy in the second half of the 14th century in which birds, animals and plants, both naturalistic and imaginary, are the predominant design motifs. The patterns in these older silks however were done on a much smaller scale.

The shading is done in a masterly way, using only two colours in the weft and a single colour in the warp. Highlights are done in white wefts, light shade in white and green wefts used together, medium shadow in green wefts, and dark shadow in green wefts with lots of cross-hatching in red warp.


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