Textile width intended for the hem of a robe à la française - 2009.125.4_1

2009.125.4_1

Textile width intended for the hem of a robe à la française

Medium:Silk gros de Tours brocaded in silk and silver filé
Geography: France
Date: 1735-1740
Period: Louis XV
Dimensions:
74.5 x 55 cm
Object number: 2009.125.4
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view
Description

Textile width intended for the hem of a robe à la française. Design woven to shape (tissé à disposition). Mustard yellow extended tabby (gros de Tours) ground brocaded in silk and silver filé. Naturalistic silk in the style of Jean Revel (1684 - 1751): pomegranates, flowers and shrubs growing from a mound of earth. Illustrates the high point of naturalism in silks which 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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