Textile Delight Part 2

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.

Brocaded silk, probably French, 1760's. Tissue with a tabby ground and a flush pattern. Brocaded with colored silks.

Brocaded silk, French, 1770's. Tabby weave, brocaded in colored silk. The lacey pattern distracts from the lines of flowers., a common design in the 3rd quarter of the 18th century.

Brocaded silk in the French style of 1765-1775 but not necessarily French. Silk tabby striped in the warp, brocaded with metal thread, colored silk, and cordonnet.

Richly brocaded silk, French 1750-55. Woven in tabby, brocaded in silk and metal thread. The flush pattern in the field is created by a blue pattern weft.