Commercial sample of cotton furnishing fabric with a chintz style pattern

England

Date: c.1890

Origin: England

Dimensions: H 130.9cm x W 65cm

Venue: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

This commercial sample still has an unknown manufacturer’s label attached to the top edge, along with three swatches showing the same design on different coloured backgrounds. The complex and stylised floral pattern borrows heavily from Indian chintz designs but uses a colour palette more contemporary to the late 19th century; incorporating a lot more green and yellow than the original red and blue centric colour palettes.

The pattern has been created with a combination of printing, most likely roller printing, along with some painting. The overall effect is intended to imitate the earlier hand blocked and painted chintzes.

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