An exceptional, all original example of Georgian Chintz fabric that was salvaged from an 18th century swatch book. This block printed floral sprig design reflecting the taste of the 1780 to 1790 period. We see an open floral sprig printed in vegetable dyes in shades of pink, red, purple and blue. The touch of yellow to the centre of the design we believe would have been added separately by hand after printing. Now housed in a period mahogany veneered frame with gilt slip, top suspension loop and behind glass; this 18th century textile treasure is ready to display and admire.
This style of design was referred to as Indienne after the Indian style of fabric painting floral designs. The desire for such brightly printed fabrics spread to European fashions and Calicot or Chintz became a must have design for ladies dresses; its beauty also lying in its affordability and colored fastness. Our survivor imitates the more expensive woven silks of this period. Our block printed sprig was stamped on a ground of white striped dimity/ sheer muslin or mull. When viewed from a certain angle the design is altogether pleasing and a fine substitute for the more costly brocaded silk. Of course this fine muslin being far more ethereal and diaphanous than any woven silk.
Fragment Size: Approx 4.25" by 3". Antique frame 7" by 5.75"
Condition: Very good to exceptional. Because this was part of a sample book the coloring has remained as true as it was 200 plus years ago. If we had to find fault there is a teeny area of old insect damage at the very tip of a bud at 7 o'clock - only seen with a magnifier.
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