Toile with Flowers and Birds
Toiles are printed fabrics that were first created in the 18th century in England and France. They began using carved wood blocks to print, and then moved on to engraved copper rolls for finer details. They often reflect the styles of the period, in both costume, lifestyle, and taste. Some show scenes from life at the time, some have figures in clothing from fashion plates, and others contain mythological creatures (such as cherubs) attesting to the popularity of neoclassicism. These fabrics were typically used as home furnishings, such as curtains and bed dressing, and to make clothing.
The design and golden yellow coloring of this piece make it unusual. The floral design is very dense and leaves little empty space, filling the piece with tulips, sunflowers, peonies, and other flowers & leaves. There are also birds, who appear to be kissing, and some butterflies scattered throughout.
Circa: 19th century
Condition: Very good, some staining
Dimensions: 52" x 28"
Inventory number: TX5206