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Textile, woodblock printed

c. 1780
Origin: England
73" x 27 1/4" Repeat: 51" 56 warps per inch; 72 wefts per inch Selvage width: 27 1/4"
Cotton (tabby weave)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1952-474,2
Rectangular panel woodblock-printed on cotton in a design that includes a flowering tree growing from a mound (sometimes referred to as a "tree of life"), surrounded by birds and exotic fruit. Printed in madder colors with pencilled blue on white ground.
Label:Panel for Quilt or Curtain
England, ca. 1780
Cotton, block printed, with the addition of pencil blue
Museum Purchase, 1952-474, 2

British printers imitated fashionable and expensive Indian mordant-painted-and resist-dyed cottons. Here, the English printer copied the central flowering tree design found on many Indian palampores, substituting the technique of block printing for the more labor-intensive mordant-painting and resist dyeing used in India. The design forms a large-scale repeat on yard goods. The customer could purchase one or more repeats to make curtains or a bed quilt.

A repeat from an identical panel was used to embellish a quilt accession number 1955-171.
Mark(s):Red and black registration marks.