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  • Place of origin:

    Nantes (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Roller-printed and block-printed cotton, lined with linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Valance of roller-printed cotton. In purple with five scenes from 'Paul et Virginie' arranged in ovals with the same scenes repeated below in staggered rows. The scenes, from left to right, are 'Enfance de Paul et Virginie', 'Paul et Virginie égares', 'Dominque retrouve Paul et Virginie', 'Mort de Virginie', and 'Paul prie sur la tombe de Virginie'. The ovals are set on a yellowish buff ground block-printed with floral decoration in red.

The valance has a scalloped lower border, and is lined with a coarse and homespun diapered linen and is coarsely quilted. The original cotton tape has survived along the upper edge.

Place of Origin

Nantes (possibly, made)


ca. 1815 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Roller-printed and block-printed cotton, lined with linen

Marks and inscriptions

'Enfance de Paul et Virginie'

'Paul et Virginie égares'

'Dominque retrouve Paul et Virginie'

'Mort de Virginie'

'Paul prie sur la tombe de Virginie'


Length: 74 in, Width: 33.25 in maximum, Length: 188 cm, Width: 84.5 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Valance of roller-printed and block-printed cotton, possibly made in Nantes, France, ca. 1815


Cotton; Linen


Roller printing

Subjects depicted

Lovers; Mourning; Men; Children; Death; Love; Women


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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