Cheney Brothers Silk Upholstery Fabric "Brocatelle", 1925

Cheney Brothers Silk Upholstery Fabric "Brocatelle", 1925

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Length of Cheney Brothers silk upholstery fabric. A Jacquard-woven, continuous weft patterned heavy fabric, having a spun silk warp and 9 shuttles of silk weft which float on the surface to create the pattern; with a linen ground weft. The design is a Venetian Baroque-inspired pattern of conventionalized flowers and urns within an ogee grid of scrolls, (#4540/3); Colors are green, blue, rose, gold, brown, lavender, on drab or dull beige ground. Wholesaled for $17 per yd. Retail tag with Cheney Silks logo stapled to corner of fabric length. (W. 50 in., L. 320 in.)
These furnishing silks were, along with the patterned velvets, represent the most expensive and exclusive textiles that Cheney Brothers produced.
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Object Name
furnishing fabric
fabric length
date made
Cheney Brothers
place made
United States: Connecticut, Manchester, South Manchester
associated place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk; linen (overall material)
shuttle woven (overall production method/technique)
brown; blue; green; pink; yellow; grey (overall color)
overall: 320 in x 50 in; 812.8 cm x 127 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Cheney Brothers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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