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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Féerie Indienne

  [Detail, above, and full view below: Le Tapis Moghol as seen in Hali, spring 2009.]

On the design library front, one of the biggest mistakes I ever made was not snapping up a copy of Féerie Indienne in 2008, before the exhibition catalogue became so scarce. The other day, I tracked down an edition priced just under $1,000 and did a double-take; surely the bookseller must mean rupees or some other currency, not U.S. dollars.

The textile shown at top is Le Tapis Moghol, from the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes. Writing for Hali (spring 2009), Rosemary Crill says the painted and dyed, 17th-century Coromandel Coast floorspread was the star of the French museum's show. When I read her description of the floral border, with its faces popping out from behind petals, I thought first of 20th-century surrealism and then of this album cover art from my iTunes library...

Crill adds that the central panel is "riotous" with Japanese-inspired vegetation and composite characters.

This surprising detail, above, seems a little bit Hieronymus Bosch, to me.

 [Detail via Hali]

The exhibition also included many Indian export chintzes, made for European interiors and clothes, like this mid-18th-century painted and dyed floral apron.  


home before dark said...

A nice around the world tour. The indienne reminded me of Henri Rousseau's paintings.

The Devoted Classicist said...

Just a reminder of the gorgeous detailing so many wonderful old fabrics had and the richness enabled by the simple dyes.

Bubble and Squeak said...

Beautiful! Love all the research you put into your posts.

Style Court said...

Bubble and Squeak -- thanks!