Spitalfields Brocade
Spitalfields Brocade

Spitalfields Brocade

Beautiful. Imagine the dress!



woven with three different flower sprays emerging from behind fences or a Rococo shell motif, all in clear shades of cerise, pink, aubergine, yellow, black, green and blue, on a fine twill weave ivory ground,15 x 21 in or 38 x 53 cm selvege to selvege.


You will see the seam across the top of the silk which measures 2 1/4 or 5 cm deep.  There are a few slight marks round the lower edge of the bottom large motif and one spot top right of it.


There are linen threads to the selvedges where the skirt was unpicked, which is rather a nice touch. The original full repeat is 42 in or 1.07 cm.

Thanks to Clare Browne, Textiles Curator, V& A. for looking at this piece for me.  She suggests: Anna Marie Garthwaite has several designs from around 1747/8 which have similar symetrical sprigs, often marshalled into self coloured cartouches.

See: Natalie Rothstein Catalogue of Silk Designs plates 244 and 256 and page 233.

See: Natalie Rothstein Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century, In the Collection of the V&A Museum p.238, designs by Anna Maria Garthwaite c.1749 – similar pattern filling space between stems


Price: £135 | $200 | €190

Ref N°: 7243

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