Jacquard coverlet with rose motif - ROM2008_9908_23


Jacquard coverlet with rose motif

Maker: Woven by Wilhelm Armbrust (1807 - 1904)
Medium:Wool and cotton double weave
Geography: Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada
Date: dated 1842
212 x 184 cm
Object number: 965.190.3
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Adelaide Lash Miller
Not on view
DescriptionGerman-born Armbrust was the first jacquard weaver in Canada. He made this coverlet for the wedding of William and Anne Miller of Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1834. The Four Roses pattern was his most popular design for bridal trousseaux. The cartouche in the corner, with two hearts suspended from a balance, further indicates that this was a bridal coverlet. Double-weave coverlets were expensive, requiring enough yarn to produce two layers of cloth that changed positions to form the pattern, producing a dark design on one side and a light one on the other.
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