Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Piece with pheasants and exotic flowers

Manufactory:
Bromley Hall
Factory director:
Talwin Family (British, 1763–1783) and Foster Family
Date:
1765–75
Culture:
British, Bromley Hall, Middlesex
Medium:
Fustian, copperplate printed
Dimensions:
L. 96 x W. 31 inches 218.4 x 78.7 cm
Classification:
Textiles-Printed
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.237.3
Not on view
These long-tailed pheasants and bold, fanciful flowers are European interpretations of foreign motifs. The foliage on the curving vines recalls the multi-flowering trees of Indian palampores, and the giant curling leaf on the right draws from the Chinese-inspired motifs.
Bromley Hall, where this fabric was probably printed, was established in the 1740s in Middlesex, England. In the second half of the eighteen century, its calico printers excelled at large-scale monochrome designs produced via the recently developed copperplate printing technique. This early advantage over Continental competitors, who still used wood blocks to print their fabrics, faded as the secrets of the method quickly spread, though the French, Swiss, and Dutch never attempted such expansive designs.
[ Ginsburg , 1970; sold to MMA ]
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