Someone noted in the comments of my Textile Delight post that I hadn’t added any details about the cloth I took pictures of at the Victoria & Albert Museum and posted here on Marie Antoinette’s Diamonds. It’s true–I just posted the beautiful textiles and went merrily on my way. After I read the comment, I remembered that I probably had taken pictures of the information tags for each textile. I looked and didn’t find any such pictures until the other day. They were hiding on my camera, never having been transferred to my computer. I was thrilled to find them.
What I found was not a surprise. I remembered for the most part what they were. They were all French (or probably French) brocaded silk from the 1750’s to 1770’s–approximately the same time period as the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, though a little earlier. Here are a few details on each of the four textiles I got decent photos of.