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Chair cover

Chair cover

  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and dyed cotton chintz, applied gold leaf

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chintz and gilded cover was made specifically for a chair-seat, with two oblongs marked to indicate where the chair back would be attached. The garland borders would hang down the sides of the seat and match up at the corners. It was made on a length of cloth with five other identical covers (now in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto and the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad). None of the set was ever used.

Physical description

Chair cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz, and with applied gold leaf. The design consists of a central bouquet of red roses with green foliage within a square of rose buds. This is surrounded by a border of swags of green foliage and red roses surmounted by bows. Gold leaf is applied throughout the design.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and dyed cotton chintz, applied gold leaf


Height: 90 cm, Width: 77 cm, Height: 90.2 in, Width: 77.5 in

Descriptive line

Chair cover of painted and dyed cotton chintz, Coromandel Coast, South-East India, ca. 1800.

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

J.Irwin and K.Brett, Origins of Chintz, London, 1970, cat.no.99, plate 93.
Plate 50, p. 99
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.


Ph_survey; Textiles; Interiors


South & South East Asia Collection

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