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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hanging is one of a group of four chintz panels of the same design which were acquired from Ashburnham Place in Sussex. They appear to have been cut to sizes suitable for use as bed-hangings. Another set of hangings from Ashburnham Place have the closely related designs embroidered in chain-stitch (IS.152-1953 and IS.155-1953). Both sets are divided between the V&A, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Calico Museum, Ahmedabad, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York.

Physical description

Wall hanging of mordant- and resist-dyed cotton (chintz)

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (probably, made)


ca. 1680-1700 (made)




Length: 251 cm, Width: 86 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the possession of the Ashburnham family at Ashburnham House, Sussex.

Historical context note

When auctioned at Ashburnham House in 1952 there were three matching panels which are now divided between Museums in India at the Calico Museums of Textiles Ahmedabad: acc no. 324, and the USA: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: acc no. 53, 2201 and Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York: acc no. 1953. 123.1

Descriptive line

Wall hanging of painted and dyed cotton chintz, probably made on the Coromandel Coast, S.E.India, ca. 1680-1700

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

p.17, cl. pl. 1, pp.67-68, cat. no. 7, fig. 27.
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 1, p. 34 and Figs 16 and 17
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.
Guy, J., and Swallow, D., (eds). ‘Arts of India: 1550-1900’. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990. ISBN 1851770224p.163, pl.140.

Production Note

Made for the Western market. It has also been suggested that it was made in Gujarat, N.W. India, but the hand-drawing and dyeing techniques used suggest that South-East india is more probable.


Cotton (textile)


Mordant dyed; Resist-dyeing

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern


Textiles; Wall coverings; Interiors


South & South East Asia Collection

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