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Culture:French (18th century)
Title:Lyon "Bizarre" floral panel
Date Made:18th century
Materials:silk ground, twistless silk weft, gold and silver lamella (cotton core?)
Measurements:mount: 29 3/8 in x 42 1/4 in; 74.6 cm x 107.3 cm; sheet: 20 7/8 in x 34 13/16 in; 53 cm x 88.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC T.1936.15
Credit Line:From the William R. Mead Estate

Label Text:
"Bizarre" silk is the name applied to a small group of silks woven primarily in Italy, France and England from late 1680s to the 1720s. The silks feature asymmetrical designs of flowers and foliage influenced by oriental textiles, porcelain, and lacquer work that were being imported at the time from various East India companies. By about 1700, these silks were produced mainly in Lyon and Venice.

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