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“Fables of Fontaine” Furnishing Fabric

A work made of cotton; roller printed.

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  • A work made of cotton; roller printed.


c. 1815


Manufactured by Hartmann et Fils (French, founded 1776)
Drawings from “Fables Choisies” written by Jean de la Fontaine (French, 1621-1695); published by Desaint et Saillant (French, 18th century) and Durand (French, 18th century); engraved by Jean Ouvrier (French, 1725-1754); illustrations designed by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686-1755)

About this artwork

The late 18th and early 19th centuries were an incredibly fertile period for innovation in the European textile industries, especially in the field of direct printing. Decades of experimentation led to the development of a variety of ways to apply color and pattern to cloth, which enabled artists and designers to invent new design vocabularies and quickly respond to cultural trends and ideas. One of the most enduring of these innovations was the ability to print on cloth with copperplates and then subsequently with engraved copper metal rollers. The quality of detail achieved through this method was unrivaled in terms of clarity, precision.

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Hartmann et Fils (Manufacturer) , Jean de La Fontaine , Desaint et Saillant, chez (Publisher) , Durand (Publisher) , Jean Ouvrier (Engraver) , Jean-Baptiste Oudry


“Fables of Fontaine” Furnishing Fabric


France (Artist's nationality)


c. 1815


Cotton; roller printed


316.2 × 85.1 cm (124 1/2 × 33 1/2 in.)

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Elizabeth M. Schultz Endowment Fund

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