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Length of Painted Silk

A work made of silk, plain weave foundation; painted.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silk, plain weave foundation; painted.


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1740-60


Chinese, for the European or American market

About this artwork

Chinese silk producers, like Indian cotton makers, catered to a vast network of international consumers. Here, Chinese artisans emulated English fabrics and created a delicate floral similar to that designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite. Such floral patterns were popular both in Europe and North America. In fact, the first First Lady of
the United States, Martha Washington, owned a gown of Chinese painted silk.


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Length of Painted Silk, Panel (Dress Fabric)


China (Object made in), Europe (Exported to), Asia (Object made in), United States (Exported to)


Made 1740-1760


Silk, plain weave foundation; painted


116.9 × 74 cm (46 × 29 1/8 in.); Warp repeat: H.: 60.7 cm (23 7/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Louise Lutz

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