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Part of a hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)
    South-east India (made)

  • Date:

    first half 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. P. Baker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is part of a group of pieces (together with Circ.78-1952 and IS.123 and 125-1950) which do not fit together to make up a complete hanging or set of hangings. They were presumably cut up to be used as bed-hangings or even to line a tent. The finely drawn lotus flowers at the base of the vase recall decoration on Chinese ceramics of the early 18th century.

Physical description

Part of hand-drawn mordant-dyed and indigo-painted cotton (chintz) hanging, for the European market. With a vermicelli patterned tree stemming from a large pedestal vase, and a symmetrical arrangement of flowering branches, floral sprays and garlands, and birds and insects. Lotus plants at base. Worked in a range of shades of red, blue and purple. Parts of the design were probably green, though the yellow has faded.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)
South-east India (made)


first half 18th century (made)



Marks and inscriptions

East India Company stamp on IS.125-1950


Width: 1525 mm Top edge, Width: 1495 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2432 mm Proper right, Length: 2482 mm Proper left, Weight: 13 kg

Descriptive line

Part of a chintz hanging with a flowering tree in an urn, South-east India for the European market, first half of the 18th century; Textiles

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

Plate 36, pp. 78 and 79
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.
p. 92, cat. no. 64, pls. 62a and 63a
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.

Production Note

Made on the Coromandel Coast for export to Europe


Cotton (textile)



Subjects depicted

Birds; Vase; Flowers


Textiles; Interiors; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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