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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and dyed cotton chintz

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The field of this chintz hanging is filled with beautifully drawn birds and flowers. The vase of flowers in the centre is taken from a European source and is decorated with a scene of 'Nature being crowned by Love'.

Physical description

Rectangular palampore or bed-cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz. Composed of two selvage to selvage widths of cotton joined after painting. In the centre is a vase of flowers. There is a bunch of flowers tied with a ribbon in each corner. The field is filled with a tracery of stems bearing fanciful leaves and flowers, and interspersed with beautifully drawn birds. There is a wide border with a floral design, and two narrow guard borders with a ribbon design. Blue band around all four edges. The lower portion of the bottom border is missing.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


ca. 1720-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and dyed cotton chintz


Width: 2257 mm Top edge, Width: 2283 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2595 mm Proper right, Length: 2589 mm Proper left, Weight: 14.5 kg Weighed on roller

Descriptive line

Rectangular palampore or bed-cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz, Coromandel Coast, ca. 1720-1750

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

A.Farrington, Trading Places: the East India Company and Asia 1600-1834, London, British Library, 2002, p55.
p. 100, cat. no. 80, pl. 77
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.

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Birds


Textiles; Wall coverings; Interiors


South & South East Asia Collection

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