Cheney Brothers jacquard-woven metallic upholstery fabric; 1916

Cheney Brothers jacquard-woven metallic upholstery fabric; 1916

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A length of Cheney Brothers jacquard-woven metallic upholstery fabric. Elaborate floral medallion and lace-pattern ogee design, late 17th-early18th century inspired. Upholstery fabric:: silk and metallic thread compound weave; supplementary-weft patterning, Not a true brocade with discontinuous wefts, but an expensive furnishing fabric.. Gold metallic threads create much of the patterning. Elaborate overall pattern in various colors on a tan ground. Large-scale, long repeat. Formal floral medallion surrounded by lace-pattern meanders with additional floral sprays and stylized birds and dogs. Baroque-inspired design. 24" long repeat; two repeats fill the fabric width. One end is soiled. Coordinating objects from this donation: T-2845, design for silk brocade; and T-2846, point paper draft for silk brocade.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
furnishing fabric
Date made
place made
United States: Connecticut, Manchester, South Manchester
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
metallic yarns (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Baroque; Lace pattern (overall style)
red (overall color)
rose (overall color)
green (overall color)
blue (overall color)
rust (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
brocade (overall style)
jacquard woven; compound weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 54 in x 50 in; 137.16 cm x 127 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cheney Brothers
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silk Industry
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National Museum of American History
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