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Textile (France)

This is a Textile. We acquired it in 1931. Its medium is silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads and its technique is plain weave with supplementary warp patterning and discontinuous supplementary weft (brocading). It is a part of the Textiles department.

This sumptuous silk shows how skilled 18th-century French weavers were in the production of textiles for the luxury market. With its characteristic rococo patterning, this confection of a dress fabric has its S-curves trimmed with the black-tipped tails of ermine, a fur typically reserved for the coronation robes of royal figures.

This object was donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.

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Textile (France); silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads; 1931-4-25-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Virtue in Vice and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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