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Two Joined Panels of Brocaded Yellow Furnishing Wool

A work made of wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded.


c. 1720s


England, Probably Norwich

About this artwork

Patterned woven wool fabrics were employed for both upholstery and clothing. The city of Norwich, in Norfolk, is commonly known as the primary center for weaving wool in the 18th century. Fine woolen textiles were the backbone of the English economy for hundreds of years, from the late middle ages until well into the 19th century. Britain’s North American colonies provided a ready market for luxury goods like these patterned wool fabrics. In fact, a dress in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg is made of a very similar textile (inventory number 1988.223).


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Two Joined Panels of Brocaded Yellow Furnishing Wool




c. 1720–1729


Wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded


Overall: 90.2 × 88.9 cm (35 1/2 × 35 in.) Each panel: 90.2 × 45.7 cm (35 1/2 × 18 in.)

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Mary Ann Judy Endowment Fund

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