Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tea grounds



 Furnishing chintz c. 1815--partridge and palm tree motifs. This fabric was block printed with pencil blue overdye of the yellow for the foliage. Originally this overdying probably produced some shade of green. The background is the popular tan blotch or tea ground. Think tea served with milk!

6 comments:

  1. There is a modern version of this fabric I am sure.

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  2. Peacocks and palm trees - how wonderful! I would leap at a reproduction Chintz like this! (hint hint Margo).

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  3. Oh, if there is a modern version of this I am going to have a tantrum cos I've missed it...I would give my eye teeth to have something like this.
    Thanks for sharing it Margo,

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  4. I think 200 years ago there may have been several versions of the partridge. I have seen some designs with a classic partridge body but no tail extension. The retired wildlife biologist husband said 'not an American partridge'. Yes-Probably not American production in 1815. Audubon's first volume of 'Birds of America' was published in London, 1827. Volume #2 was 1838. Both books had a big impart on design for textiles and other applications.

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  5. Late last year or early this year a fabric came out with, I think, partridges on it, by Jo Morton. It didn't have the detail or beauty of this one. Like most of us I'd love to see this reproduced. I can just imagine using it as a whole-cloth quilt, its so gorgeous.

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  6. Four years later, I, too, think it's gorgeous. Has a reproduction of it come out by now?

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