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Mise-en-Carte (Point-Paper)

A work made of opaque watercolor with traces of graphite over an etching in black ink on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of opaque watercolor with traces of graphite over an etching in black ink on cream laid paper.

Date:

1760s

Artist:

Designed for Nicolas Guerin et Ce. (French, active 1760s–70s)
Lyon, France

About this artwork

Designs for silk weaving were drawn by professional artists who had often trained in flower painting, a skill that could be deployed for the decoration of objects besides textiles. The designs were painted on the point paper grid, which then served as a guide to the person mounting the threads on the loom. The artists’ names do not appear on these technical drawings; only the companies that commissioned the designs and wove the silk are identified.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artist

Nicholas Guerin et Cie (Producer)

Title

Mise-en-Carte (Point-Paper)

Place

Lyon (Object made in)

Date

Made 1760–1769

Medium

Opaque watercolor with traces of graphite over an etching in black ink on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscription: (front): 8 en 9 Huillot a lion; (reverse): Dessein de taffetas en dorure nué sans repetition de Nicolas Guerin et Ce. N. 154. le.le rouge et blanc 2e... le gris de lin clair, le vert clair 3e... le gris de lin second. 4e... le pourpre le vert brun 5e... le paille 6e... le gros jeaune [their strike out] marron / 7e... le marron [their strike out] le gros jeaune

Dimensions

Image/plate: 43.5 × 54.1 cm (17 3/16 × 21 5/16 in.); Sheet: 44.8 × 56.4 cm (17 11/16 × 22 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Neil P. Frankel, Nina Hancock, Robert D. Kleinschmidt; Royalties from F. Schumacher and Company

Reference Number

1996.52.4

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