Flowers Blumen Fleurs
English 18th Century Silks
|Silk, woven to a design by Anna Maria Garthwaite dated 1749
The artistic background pattern in a single colour is typical of the late 1740s.
Inv. No. 4842
|Damask, brocaded with silver and multicoloured silk thread
The combination of bizarre-abstract shapes and semi-naturalistic flowers dates this silk to the years between 1711 and 1715.
Inv. No. 3119
|Skirt flounce, bluetabby brocaded in coloured silks
Silk fabrics with woven patterns were also made for gentlemens waistcoats after the 1720s. Around 1720-1723.
Inv. No. 4270
|Silk with banana flowers and pineapples
Illustrations from botanical books were taken as models in the 1730s, in this case etchings by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), c. 1736-1739.
Inv. No. 3984
|Damask, woven to a design by Anna Maria Garthwaite dated 1754
This generously patterned silk was woven by Simon Julins who specialized in damasks and bought several designs of this kind from Anna Maria Garthwaite.
Inv. No. 4495
|Silk with roses and rosebuds
The pattern is designed as a wave line, reflecting William Hogarths (1697-1764) proposal of a "Line of Beauty. c. 1744-1746.
Inv. No. 4305
|Silk, woven to a design by Anna Maria Garthwaite dated 1752
With its stylised flowers, this silk represents the start of the trend which led away from naturalism to the small-decorative patterns of the late 18th century.
Inv. No. 4873