Furnishing fabric: "The Lion in Love or Leda" [Le lion amoureux ou Leda] - ROM2004_961_19

ROM2004_961_19

Furnishing fabric: "The Lion in Love or Leda" [Le lion amoureux ou Leda]

Maker: Jean-Baptiste Huet (French painter, 1745 - 1811) for Oberkampf
Medium:Roller-printed cotton tabby
Geography: Jouy-en-Josas, France
Date: 1809
Period: Neoclassical
Dimensions:
23 x 36 in.
Object number: 934.4.528
Credit Line: Harry Wearne Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harry Wearne
Not on view
Description

Cotton furnishing fabrics with engraved plate- or roller-printed designs are often referred to as toiles de Jouy after the famous Oberkampf manufactory in Jouy-en-Josas. The process of printing the colour green in one single step (instead of first printing blue, then overpainting in yellow) was invented at Oberkampf's manufactory, and this is the earliest example. The best examples of the Neoclassical style of the late 18th - early 19th century are washable, colourfast printed cottons rather than figured silks, a fashion revolution that threatened to destroy the local silk industry.


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