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“Les Arts” Furnishing Fabric

A work made of cotton; roller printed.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton; roller printed.


c. 1816


Designed by Hippolyte Lebas (French, 1782–1867)

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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Hippolyte Lebas (Designer)


“Les Arts” Furnishing Fabric


France (Object designed in)

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Made 1816


Cotton; roller printed


258.4 × 215.3 cm (101 3/4 × 84 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Elizabeth M. Schultz Endowment Fund

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