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Woven Silk

about 1735 (made)
Place of origin

panel of brocaded silk with a ribbed blue ground from a garment

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
brocaded silk
Brief description
1735c, French
Physical description
panel of brocaded silk with a ribbed blue ground from a garment
  • Length: 47in (according to accession register)
  • Repeat length: 18in
  • Width: 21.5in (still framed so not clear if this includes or excluded selvedges)
  • Repeat width: 20.75in (suggests that the selvedges are included in the overall width)
Gallery label
  • PANEL OF SILK BROCADE FRENCH c.1735 This panel of brocaded silk on a ribbed blue ground is known to be from a costume. It may be the work of French silk-weavers who settled in England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The design is almost certainly by the famous silk-designer from Lyon, Jean Revel(about 1980)
  • Dress fabric French (Lyon), about 1735. Brocaded silk. Probably designed by Jean Revel (1684-17510. Jean Revel was the son of a painter and trained in that profession, but became involved in the silk industry in Lyon, possible at first as an art teacher to prospective silk designers. He went on to become one of the leading designers in the industry, and introduced important innovations in woven silk dsigns.(before 2012)
Object history
Gift of W.J. Collins, Devon. Thought to have been a Spitalfields silk worn at the court of Queen Anne by his ancestor, Dame Martha Scawen. The keeper of textiles, A.F. Kendrick dated this piece to the first half of the 18th century and noted that 'in Mr Luther Hooper's opinion, quite possibly the work of French silk weavers settled in England'. Reattributed to France and to the Lyonnais designer Jean Revel by Peter Thornton in 1959. It came into the museum with T.188-1922 (RP1922/6611)
Bibliographic reference
Thornton, P.K. Baroque and Rococo Silks. Faber and Faber, London, 1965, p. 116 and illustration facing p. 116.
Accession number

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Record createdMay 12, 2009
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