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Silk book Filley de la Barre Bed Chateau d'Azay-le0Rideau Trouvais

The “Filley de la Barre”  bed

Late 17th or early 18th century embroidered white satin bed canopy

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

Just imagine the industry behind creating beautiful fabrics for dress, bedding, drapery,

carpets…and communicating that design to the customer in the 18th and 19th century …

Antique sample books and oil painted aubusson canvas studies

are a collectible part of the process.

Silk book samples Trouvais

Eighteenth-century silk patterns were primarily floral. Lyon silk manufactures

regularly sent their designers to Paris to meet with artists specializing in flower painting,

and to visit the botanical gardens…

Fashion in Detail English c 1740 mantua petticoat of silk embroidered ivory ribbed silk

Flipped on it’s side…

View of English c. 1740-45  mantua petticoat…

Ivory ribbed silk embroidered with colored silks and silver thread

17th and 18th Century Fashion in Detail

Avril Hart and Susan North

Silk pattern book Prelle archives, Lyon

Silk pattern book

Prelle archives

Lyon, France

Silk sample book of silks woven at Saint-Etienne 1770-1810 Musee d'Art et d'Industrie Trouvais

Silk sample book of silks woven

at Saint-Étienne c. 1770-1810

Musée d’Art et d’Industrie

le divan nov 06

18th century French sample book


Le Divan Fumior

Silk book hanks of silk thread, dyeing samples Caron Baudoin c. 1893 Quenin archives, Cuizner Trouvais

Hanks of silk thread…

Dyeing samples.

Caron Baudoin c. 1893

Quenin archives, Cuizner

Silk book Georges le Manaxh archichves, Tours, France Trouvais

Georges le Manach archives…

Tours, France

…more on sample books here

including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum exhibit…(click to view)

Unless otherwise mentioned, all photos from Silk Jacques Anquetil

19th century French Aubusson painting Trouvais

19th century French pastoral scene…

Oil on canvas painting, created for the development of Aubusson wovens…

Features a scene of sheep and a lamb, framed by decorative elements

such as scrolls, a fabric swag with tassels, and garlands of flowers and leaves…


19th century French Aubusson painting 2 Trouvais.

19th Century French painted Aubusson sample…

Beautiful bouquet of roses, peonies and other assorted flowers, fruit and berries in a

basket  surrounded by a cartouche interlaced with rose vines…oil on canvas

Antique World Fabrics here



Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic was recently in Paris and visited the

Pierre Frey headquarters where there is an extensive collection of antique fabric

and wall paper, antique clothing, painted canvases and even a room model

to show how fabric would look in the room…visit here