Louis XVI revival furnishing fabric - ROM2011_11769_9

ROM2011_11769_9

Louis XVI revival furnishing fabric

Medium:Silk brocaded lampas
Geography: Lyon, France
Date: 1852-1870
Period: Second Empire (Napolean III)
Dimensions:
153.5 x 55.5 cm
Object number: 2009.125.9
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Not on view
Description

This superb example of the Second Empire reflects the period’s interest in large hybrid flowers and colours made possible with the new aniline dyes discovered in 1856. It is strongly reminiscent of furnishing fabrics favoured by Marie-Antoinette, like the silk brocaded lampas in her state bedroom at Versailles, originally woven in Lyon in 1786-1787. The pattern ends before the cut edge at top and bottom, indicating that this is a complete wall length. Matching the motifs at the right edge of one panel with those at the left edge of another panel allows us to reconstruct the design as it would have appeared on a wall.


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