Catalogue of Painted Samples taken
from great artists in the European tradition
2 1/4" x 1 3/4"
after nineteenth century French fabric sample
books, this beautiful volume contains not real, but idealized,
These swatches of satin, lace, brocade and linen are taken from
paintings by artists from Mabuse to Klimt. Orange-tawny
watered silk by Roslin (1781), crewel-worked brocade by Vishnyakov
(1756), a lavish panel of beads, trapunto, and applied ribbon on pink
silk satin by Bronzino (1543), and several versions of a stupendous gray
silk covered with metallic embroidery and bullion worn by
Queen Catherine of Russia are some of the glorys of this
collection. The identification of the fabrics is my own best guess,
based on my thirty years as a costumer.
The book itself is bound in pink and gray Florentine paper
with a spine of natural linen. There are two sets of cream silk ribbon
ties at the edge for a closure.
This product was added to our catalog
January 9, 2012