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Bed cover

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1775 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block printed cotton lined with linen and quilted with a filling of carded wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Antique Textile Company

  • Museum number:

    T.448-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Quilted bed cover of block printed cotton. Made up of three printed cottons in several pieces, some badly worn. All are based on madder colours. The first printed cotton, the textile of which there are most pieces, is printed in crimson, pink and purple with flowers on cotton. There are traces of pencilled blue, nearly all worn away. The second printed cotton is on one side with a floral pattern coarsely printed in blue and red on fine cotton. The third is a strip in the middle with a block-printed pattern on very coarse cotton.

The whole is lined with homespun, much patched white linen and quilted with a filling of natural carded wool. With a simple diagonal quilted pattern.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1750-1775 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Block printed cotton lined with linen and quilted with a filling of carded wool

Dimensions

Height: 58 in maximum, Height: 137.2 cm maximum, Width: 70 in, Width: 270.8 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/2026.
The first printed cotton, the textile of which there are most pieces probably dates from the 1760s shortly after the printing of cotton and was once more permitted in France. The third printed cotton is a strip in the middle with a block-printed pattern on very coarse cotton, which probably dates from the first quarter of the 18th century.

The condition of the cover enables the structure to be clearly seen. Remaining scraps suggest that it was once lined with red cotton.

Descriptive line

Quilted bed cover of block printed cotton, made in France, 1750-1775

Materials

Cotton (textile); Linen (material); Wool yarn

Techniques

Block printing; Lined; Carding; Quilted

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Floral

Categories

Textiles; Interiors

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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