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02470: This is a piece of unused 1920s vintage yardage that would have made sensational draperies! The background is a soft ivory shade on a heavy weight cotton. The foreground motif, with a decidedly Japanese flavor, is of climbing trees that seem to sprout both gingko nuts and peonies. Suspended from the branches are beautifully painted Japanese lanterns. The colors and the extra large scale of this piece (25.5" vertical repeat) make it a wonderful example of 1920s furnishing fabrics. Ca. 1920
00081: This romantic toile pattern is entitled L'art d'aimer or The Art of Love. First printed in 1790 by Petitpierre Frères and inspired by a 1748 French painting, this beloved pattern was printed and reprinted during the 19th century and is most commonly found in red. This piece is unusual in that it is printed in blue dye on fine-quality linen. A micro view of the cherubs can be seen <HERE.> Toile plates and rollers were used for many successive printings and over time, became worn. The sharp, clear printing of a better-condition roller is far more desirable than those from over-used rollers which created blurry images.
|01112: This is an exceptional French textile pattern from the late 19th century. Printed on a medium weight cotton fabric, the background is a rich chocolate brown. The beautifully-drawn and botanically correct floral pattern includes roses, carnations, mimosa and wispy sprigs of various grasses.|
|01392: This is a band of unused ivory silk satin that has been hand-embroidered with an exquisite pattern of small bouquets of flower buds wrapped in undulating ribbons and bows, all done in fine silk threads. A micro view can be seen <HERE.> This was likely intended for a wedding trousseau. Late 19th century.|
|01876: As world travel and trade increased during the second half of the 19th century and exotic plant specimens were brought to Europe from afar, botanically correct engravings and paintings became very popular textile designs. This percale weight cotton print exhibits an extraordinary engraving with a multi-color printing process that simply is not often seen. The central motif includes tulips, roses, crabapples and grapes as well as delicate fern fronds and berries. Ca. 1870|
|02748: The favorite flower of the Art Nouveau era was the water lily. This piece of medium-weight corded cotton fabric has a dusty rose ombré background with large and dramatic, beautifully rendered water lilies. Ca. 1900|
|02978: During the Napoleon III era in France, jungle themes and exotic birds and animals were often used in wallpaper and in printed textiles. This pattern mixes the more commonly seen flowers like roses and hibiscus with exotic birds and orchids. The bird is perched on a pine bough, which is not a tropical plant, yet is seldom depicted in printed fabrics. Ca. 1860|
|03772: This 18th century indigo resist-dye is one of the most intricate patterns. Textile resist patterns are created by painting the fabric with a paste to block the dye and keep the pattern sections white. Most often, resist-dyed fabrics are done on geometric motifs. This one includes baskets of flowers, dripping with pearls, vines and garlands as well as spirals of lace draped around 'poles'. Ca. 1780|
|00562: This is a piece of 18th century silk brocade with a dusty rose background and a meandering indienne floral motif. The brocaded floral pattern is machine-embroidered in silk and metallic silver threads. Note the unusual color combinations and the use of bright green threads. Micro views may be seen <HERE> and <HERE> and <HERE.> Late 18th century.|
|02499: This exuberant design is from the Art Nouveau period. Printed on a fine-quality near-white Egyptian cotton, this design utilizes the central bouquet as the primary motif. The central bouquet is rendered in bright pinks and greens and surrounded by stylized cascading tendrils of yellow flowers. This piece was in unused condition when found, so the colors are true to the original. Ca. 1910|
|01173: This pattern if from a pair of Art Deco cotton velvet drapes. Large roses in red and gold with mustard leaves are interspersed with huge bell-like orange flowers or lanterns and all are set on a midnight blue background. A wide view of this velvet fabric can be seen <HERE.> Ca. 1925|
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