Sunday, April 15, 2012
History of Chintz
The illustration on the left is a corner in one of my Chintz Center Panels.
The heyday of the Center Panels is roughly 1820-1840. The bulk of my lecture leads up to this period. In reviewing my slides, I am amazed at how many early chintz pieces are predominately pink, red and blue. If I think of the colorfast natural dyes available at that time, 17th and 18th century, it does makes sense but I am always a little startled.
I had one of my students interview me last week for her writing class. One of the questions was 'Which Journals do you regularly read?'. I had to think for a minute..but did come up with some titles. I broughta several to the next class....and when handing them to her...I commented that most are a little dry and slow reading. I do however, try to read most selections because you never know just what you might find.
When I lecture about Europe and printed cottons of the 18th century...I always give the dates of the bans in France ( 1686-1759) and England (1701-1774). Importing of chintz and other cottons from India continued in Holland and printing for domestic use and export was done in the enclave of Marseilles.
My lecture talks about the various waves of Chinoiserie popular in England and France, the rise of Oberkampf at Jouy after the ban was lifted in France and the classic Provencal designs. I recently read that Avignon, still a papal state until the French Revolution, was also exempt from the French fabric printing and wearing bans!
ps I will also be doing this presentation, History of Chintz, here in Bozeman on Friday night, August 17, 2012. I hope you can come.