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Furnishing fabric

Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block printed cotton chintz

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Calico Printers' Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton 'demy' chintz in drab colours. The pattern includes ferns and thin pillars on a lattice ground.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1805 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Block printed cotton chintz


Height: 37.8 cm repeat, Width: 34 cm repeat, Height: 17.5 in, Width: 25 in

Object history note

Attribution note: In the mid-eighteenth century the 'half chintz' was composed of red, blue and yellow, which could be overprinted to produce other colours, but lacked the extra reds and purples of the 'whole chintz'. By the early nineteenth century the term 'demy' or 'demi-chintz' had a more restricted range, fewer than five colours, and was often used to denote the 'drab' style, with no reds.

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton chintz, England, ca. 1805

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

Hefford, Wendy. 'The Victoria and Albert Museum's Textiles Collection : Design for Printed Textiles in England from 1750 to 1850', London : The Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, p.26, pl.128





Subjects depicted

Pillars; Ferns; Flowers; Lattice


Elise; Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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