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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and dyed cotton chintz

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. P. Baker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This partial palampore (bed- or wall-hanging) is a superbly drawn and dyed example of the chintz furnishings exported to Europe in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The fine white designs against coloured grounds are produced by drawing the designs in wax with a bamboo pen (kalam) and then immersing the cloth in the dye-vat. The vase from which the flowering tree emerges is taken from a western source: its floating 'rim' suggests that the Indian artist was not familiar with this type of decoration.

Physical description

Large rectangular palampore (bed-cover or wall-hanging) of painted and dyed cotton chintz. The design is of a sinuous flowering tree rising from a stylised pot set between two mounds. A border with a lace-like floral pattern runs around three edges.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


ca. 1720-1740 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and dyed cotton chintz


Width: 1892 mm top, Width: 1894 mm bottom, Length: 2485 mm proper right, Length: 2489 mm proper left, Weight: 5 kg object with the roller

Object history note

Given by G.P.Baker

Descriptive line

Palampore of painted and dyed cotton chintz, Coromandel Coast, ca. 1720-1740

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

pp. 72-73, cat. no. 16, pl. 14
Irwin, John and Katherine Brett, Origins of Chintz, London, 1970. With a catalogue of Indo-European cotton-paintings in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. ISBN 112900534.
Plate 9, p. 43
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Trees


Wall coverings; Textiles; Interiors


South & South East Asia Collection

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