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ca. 1700-1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Quilted bed-covers of chintz fabric (Indian painted and dyed cotton) were very popular export items for both the British and Dutch markets in the late 17th and 18th centuries, although they were later superseded by thinner cotton hangings and bed-covers. The large medallion motifs on this quilt suggest that it was probably intended for the Dutch market, as similar designs are known in other pieces from Dutch collections. The density and variety of the reds, blues and purples in this piece bear witness to the great skills of the Indian dyers who made it by a variety of time-consuming processes involving mordanting and resist-dyeing.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton, mordant-dyed and resist-dyed; wadded with cotton and quilted; lined with plain white cotton
Brief Description
Quilted chintz palampore with huge leaf design, Coromandel Coast , South-east India, ca. 1700-1750
Physical Description
A rectangular, painted and dyed cotton quilted bed-cover. The design is of large palmettes and flowers in red and blue on white.
Dimensions
  • Top edge width: 3357mm
  • Bottom edge width: 3360mm
  • Proper right length: 2196mm
  • Proper left length: 2189mm
  • Weighed on roller weight: 17.5kg
Object history
Made in South-east India's 'Coromandel Coast' for the Western market.



Purchased. Registered File number 1976/1287.
Production
Made in South-east India's 'Coromandel Coast' for the Western market.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Quilted bed-covers of chintz fabric (Indian painted and dyed cotton) were very popular export items for both the British and Dutch markets in the late 17th and 18th centuries, although they were later superseded by thinner cotton hangings and bed-covers. The large medallion motifs on this quilt suggest that it was probably intended for the Dutch market, as similar designs are known in other pieces from Dutch collections. The density and variety of the reds, blues and purples in this piece bear witness to the great skills of the Indian dyers who made it by a variety of time-consuming processes involving mordanting and resist-dyeing.
Associated Object
IS.41-1950 (Version)
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.37, p. 29, illus. p. 80.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.17-1976

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record createdFebruary 17, 2004
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