Woodblock printed curtains with tropical fruit - ROM2002_543_1

ROM2002_543_1

Woodblock printed curtains with tropical fruit

Maker: From drawings by J. Oberkampf
Medium:Cotton tabby woodblock-printed in 7 colours and painted
Geography: Jouy-en-Josas, France
Date: 1780-1790
Dimensions:
165 x 97 cm
Object number: 934.4.172.A-C
Credit Line: Harry Wearne Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harry Wearne
Not on view
DescriptionThis example of a “toile de Jouy” is one of three incomplete curtains produced in the famous Oberkampf factory in Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles. Its tabby ground of undyed cotton was printed using four sets of wood blocks and pigments in three shades of red, violet, bright yellow, light brown and black. The pale blue sections have been hand-painted. The botanical motifs of this woodblock-printed textile include a branch meander bearing tropical nuts and fruit (including the pineapple) and are an excellent example of cultural exchange. The motifs were copied from a “chintz” (a painted and dyed cotton fabric produced in India for the European market) with the intention of creating an “indienne” (a Western imitation of Indian chintz) that would be competitive in the marketplace. The Indian original had in turn been inspired by a Western botanical drawing of the West Indian pineapple.
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