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Silk and Cotton Brocade Document

1930-1960
Origin: Europe
Overall (H x W): 57 1/2 x 12 3/4in. (146.1 x 32.4cm) Other (Design Repeat H x W): 2 1/2 x 5in. (6.4 x 12.7cm) Physical Description (PPI): 64 Physical Description (EPI): 72
Cotton, silk (by microscope, 8/18/15, TMT)
Anonymous gift.
Acc. No. 1971-1630,5
This long and narrow rectangular fragment has a striped design in cream cotton and light blue, dark olive green, light olive green, dark pink, light pink, red, black silk. The design consists of alternating stripes of light blue satin edged in blue tobine with wide and narrow cream (linen) stripes in a plain weave. The wide cream stripes bear semi-naturalistically-colored floral sprigs and abstract lines that serve as tie-downs for the supplementary warps. The narrow cream stripes bear a vine with either buds or berries. Three sides are cut edges left raw; the left side is a selvedge.
Label:This fabric is an example of how 20th-century decorators interpreted historic styles: while it appears to be late 18th- or early-19th century, it uses different techniques to create the same look.
Provenance:Anonymously given to CWF, 1971. No known previous history.
Mark(s):No marks or inscriptions.