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Sample book of swatches

A work made of sample book of swatches: cotton, plain weave, block printed.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sample book of swatches: cotton, plain weave, block printed.


19th c.


Mulhouse, France

About this artwork

The Department of Textiles has in its collection many important showpieces but also copious holdings of fabric samples, or swatches—about 58,000 in all—from countries such as England, Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, and the United States. Some samples have been preserved in book form, which affords a broad view of production usually linked to a particular time, place, or technique. This large-format volume contains about 3,000 samples of printed cottons. A notation inside the cover attributes the book to Mulhouse, a city in the Alsace region of France famous for its textile production.
-A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016


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Sample book of swatches


France (Object made in)

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Made 1801–1900


Sample book of swatches: cotton, plain weave, block printed


52.1 × 37.5 × 11.7 cm (20 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 4 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Diane v. S. Levy

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