The 1849 jury reports for an innovative gold-medal-winning shawl, which virtually describe the one illustrated here, suggest that it was woven specially for the Paris Exposition of Agriculture and Industrial Products of that year by the firm of Deneirouse and Boisglavy. Mid-nineteenth-century shawls were mechanically made in Europe but still produced by hand in India. This particular manufacturer had developed the technology to weave in the Indian way on a mechanized loom. The firm exhibited a very similar design in London at the 1851 Great Exhibition.
Ganna Walska (until 1965; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 15, 1965, no. 469); Ted Peckham , New York (in 1965; sold to MMA)
Artist: After a painting by baron François Gérard (French, Rome 1770–1837 Paris)Date: designed 1805, woven 1808–11Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (26-28 warps per inch, 10-12 per cm.); gilded pine frameAccession: 43.99On view in:Gallery 553
Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)Date: model executed ca. 1880, cast 1922Medium: Bronze, partially tinted, with cotton skirt and satin hair ribbon; wood baseAccession: 29.100.370On view in:Gallery 815
Artist: Savonnerie Manufactory (Manufactory, established 1626; Manufacture Royale, established 1663)Date: 1668–85Medium: Knotted and cut wool pile, woven with about 90 knots per square inchAccession: 58.75.129On view in:Gallery 526