This is a Textile. We acquired it in 1978. Its medium is cotton and its technique is block and roller printed on plain weave; discharge printed for tassels and lace. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Pillar prints were a specialty of English textile printers. Motifs generally consist of one or two architectural columns, sometimes fluted, with Ionic, Corinthian or other fanciful capitals. Typically, the capitals are festooned with bunches of flowers or fruit. Baskets of flowers with scrolling vines often fill the spaces adjacent to the pillars. High-quality block printed pillar prints emerged around 1800, produced by the greatest block printers of England. After most of the textile printing industry migrated north to Lancashire, they began producing the next generation of pillar prints using a combination of engraved roller and block printing. Printed during the pillar print revival of the 1820-1830s, this textile would have been used as a furnishing fabric, suitable for bedcovers, bedhangings or drapery panels. Large numbers of pillar prints were exported to the United States; the classical columns gave expression to a democratic ideal that resonated with many Americans, particularly during the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the American Revolution.
This object was donated by Mrs. Ralph P. Hanes.
Cite this object as
Textile (England); cotton; 1978-167-3-a,b