Robe à la française hem fragment - 2009.125.1_1


Robe à la française hem fragment

Medium:Silk gros de Tours with liseré and brocaded pattern
Geography: France
Date: 1735-1745
Period: Louis XV
48.5 x 54.5 cm
Object number: 2009.125.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view
DescriptionTextile width intended for the hem of a robe à la française: design woven to shape (tissé à disposition). Ivory silk extended tabby (gros de Tours) ground with part of the design in liseré self-patterning (giving a damask-like effect) and the rest brocaded in multicoloured silk. Two large bouquets of flowers done in the naturalistic style of Jean Revel (1684 - 1751): the high point of naturalism in silks occurred in the mid-1730s, with large flowers and fruit shaded by a technique known as colour hatching (points rentrés): this technique uses wefts of one shade alternating with wefts of another to create optically an intermediate zone. It produced a more naturalistic, 3-dimensional, painterly effect than anything seen before in drawloom weaving.
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