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Palampore

ca. 1700-1725 (made)
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Place Of Origin

This richly patterned quilt is decorated with a mixture of real and imaginary flowers, with carnations, irises, tulips and lotus pods recognisable by their shape if not their colouring. Small birds inhabit the central medallion, while butterflies are incorporated into the crowded field design. The flowering trees that make up the main design spring from vestigial mounds at the edges of the field.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed, with yellow over-painting; wadded and quilted, red silk lining
Brief Description
Quilted chintz palampore with floral design, probably made on the Coromandel Coast, South-east India, ca. 1700-1725
Physical Description
A rectangular chintz palampore with all-over floral design. Central circular medallion filled with flowers. 8 tear-drop-shaped elements point inwards from the sides and corners of the field. Floral meander border. Red silk lining.
Dimensions
  • Height: 311cm
  • Width: 236cm
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1976/1287.
Production
Probably made on the Coromandel Coast, south-east India
Subjects depicted
Summary
This richly patterned quilt is decorated with a mixture of real and imaginary flowers, with carnations, irises, tulips and lotus pods recognisable by their shape if not their colouring. Small birds inhabit the central medallion, while butterflies are incorporated into the crowded field design. The flowering trees that make up the main design spring from vestigial mounds at the edges of the field.
Bibliographic Reference
Crill, Rosemary, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West, London, 2008.Crill, Rosemary. Chintz : Indian textiles for the West London: V&A Publishing, 2008, Cat. No. 42, p. 29, illus. p. 89.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.12-1976

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record createdOctober 27, 2006
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