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Cover

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1625-1685 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and dyed cotton chintz

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. A. Mauns

  • Museum number:

    IS.21-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bed-cover was cut down from a chintz hanging to fit a bed. The central motif is the Royal Stuart arms, suggesting a date during the reign of either Charles I (1625-49) or Charles II (1660-85). The style of drawing is unusual but compatible with either of these dates. The field design of animals, birds and floral patterns is a combination of Chinese and Indian motifs, and the half-pineapples on two sides may allude to the introduction of the pineapple into England in the late 1650s.

Physical description

Cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz. This furnishing piece has as its centrepiece the Stuart Royal Arms of England, as current in the reigns of Charles I and Charles II, in a roundel, on a white field otherwise decorated with fruit, flowers, elephants and other creatures, some are fabulous, in shades of red and purple. Square in shape, but missing square sections at each corner. At intervals, around the gadrooned edge, are eight foliate palmettes.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

1625-1685 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted and dyed cotton chintz

Marks and inscriptions

Royal Stuart Coat of Arms
central roundel

Dimensions

Height: 245 cm, Width: 212 cm, Height: 97 in, Width: 83 in, Height: 109 cm selvedge to selvedge, Height: 43 in selvedge to selvedge, Weight: 6.28 kg

Object history note

The textile bears the Royal Stuart Coat of arms but it is not possible to determine whether it is contemporary with Charles I or Charles II of Great Britain. The unusual shape of the design suggests use as a table or dias cover. Its exact provenance and early history are unknown.

Given by Mrs E.A.Mauns.

Descriptive line

Cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz, India, 1625-1685

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

Guy, J., and Swallow, D., (eds). ‘Arts of India: 1550-1900’. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990. ISBN 1851770224 p.162, pl.139.
Plate 31, pp 70 and 71
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.
p.97, cat. no. 74, pl. 73
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.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Painted; Dyed

Subjects depicted

Elephant; Fruit; Flowers

Categories

ELISE; Textiles; Interiors

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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