Bizarre Silk Panel

During the 18th century, Lyon in particular set the fashion, and exported far afield.Patterns that mixed fantasy with realistic motifs in witty juxtapositions developed into the complex and wonderful creations, easily identifiable and retrospectively known as bizarre 1720, fashion decreed gowns with full, soft folds, and delicate designs of scattered sprigs or floral bouquets replaced the heavy, busy bizarre silks. However as they were so costly instead of being tossed out they were donated to the church where they were reassembled into ecclesiastical garments and altar covers and that is how they usually survived.

Circa: Late 17- early 18th century,

Origin: France or Italy

Material: Silk brocade

Condition: Beautiful vivid colors, very good

Dimensions: 62" x 42"

Inventory number: TX3921



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