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  • Place of origin:

    Coromandel Coast (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and resist-dyed cotton chintz

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This beautiful palampore (a hanging for a bed or a wall) is decorated with a very free interpretation of the classic tree design used on so many export chintzes. A stylised mound at the bottom of the design forms the base from which the flowering tree emerges, although the usual central trunk has been replaced by a design of looser stems from which huge fanciful flowers emerge.
The border is unusually large in scale but beautifully drawn and dyed. It is likely that this impressive piece was made for the Dutch rather than British market.

Physical description

Large rectangular palampore (wall-hanging or bed-cover) of painted and resist-dyed cotton chintz. The design consists of flowering branches emerging from a mound at the base. Wide border with a floral design. In shades of blue, black, red, violet and red-brown on a white ground. The field is painted with bold foliage and floral pattern rising from a creeper growing out of mounds. The border is broad and made up flowers and leaves. Made for the European market.

Place of Origin

Coromandel Coast (made)


1730-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted and resist-dyed cotton chintz


Width: 2233 mm Top edge, Width: 2228 mm Bottom edge, Length: 3362 mm Proper right, Length: 3349 mm Proper left, Weight: 15.5 kg Weighed on roller

Descriptive line

Rectangular palampore of painted and resist-dyed cotton chintz, Coromandel Coast, 1730-1750

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

p. 75, cat. no. 22, pl. 18
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.


Textiles; Wall coverings; Interiors


South & South East Asia Collection

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