Jean-Baptiste Pillement

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Reviving Fantasy
Though enigmatic, the iconography of this wallpaper—with its flowers blooming in full, Chinese phoenixes, and scenes of men from the East—expresses the Rococo and chinoiserie styles of the late Georgian and early Victorian periods in England. These styles actually have their origin in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but throughout the 1800s, revival styles proliferated...
Chinoiserie pattern in blue on a cream colored ground. Two figures, on carrying a standard, mount a fantastical staircase toward a pagoda. Flowers and figures are in the style of French artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement. Rococo style scrolls throughout. Bottom edge bound with white braid. Blue warps at each edge.
Chinese Figures
This textile’s whimsical chinoiserie scene was inspired by the work of French artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement (1728 – 1808), and printed by Bromley Hall, a prominent textile printing manufactory in Middlesex, England. As discussed in a previous Object of the Day post, Pillement’s fanciful illustrations inspired myriad textile designs, especially in the late-eighteenth century. Although this...