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Textile, indigo resist

Mid 18th century
Origin: England (probably)
41" x 68 5/8" (104.1 x 174.3 cm) Repeat 29" 40 warps per inch, 56 wefts per inch.
Plain-woven cotton
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1951-298,1
Textile document, probably once a curtain, patterned with indigo resist ("paste work") in a design that includes pheasants perched an undulating gnarled branches amid large pineapple-like flowers, pods, and leaves. Block-printed and resist-dyed in two shades of blue on white plain-woven cotton. Fade lines reveal that the textile once had 1 5/8-inch wide trimming stitched in place.
Provenance:Purchased from a Hudson Valley, New York, dealer.