Thrilled to have acquired a most lovely early French pelmet from the Basque region of France. A most stunning example of an early quilted/scalloped pelmet/bed hanging textile that dates to the latter 18thc to no later than about 1830. The indigo cloth was seen used generally about 1810 or so. A magnificent early tight nubby fine woven linen to the front side which is a warm wheatish soft brown/tan type tone.
The back side is a combination of a stunning hand blocked Indienne type floral toile done in a warm brownish ochre/mustard gold with a madder purple and an early indigo stripe cotton. It is trimmed in a yellow gold which I believe may be linen or a silk/linen as it has a soft sheen. Simply fabulous example of it's period, all hand sewn and hand quilted. Even as a smaller element it makes a tremendous statement.
Finding treasures of this nature are rare so I feel both thrilled and privileged to have stumbled upon such an amazing textile. A most wonderful early & historical example of both French cottons and linens of it's period as well as the progression of earlier French textiles.
Please view all 12 photos. Condition is very strong and stable especially given its age.
It is as found and unwashed. I will leave that to the buyers preference. You will probably want to air this outdoors a bit as again, it was stored for many years. There will be a bit of surface dust/pale soiling primarily to the wheat linen side from years of storage though the color itself overall hides it well. A more overall slightly aged patina which is lovely on this.
The floral and indigo stripe appear strong and pretty amazing overall given their age, slightly aged but very nice. The yellow trim is intact but does have some mild wear in areas, not bad at all, very mild. It has the majority of it's small hanging hooks, a few random ones are missing. Overall, for it's age it is in truly lovely condition. Part of me thinks either lightly used or simply made and stored away.I sell antique and vintage fabric. Each textile is different; some possibly used, some unused. I will give you my best assessment. I do not always launder them nor do I know all their history, how they have been stored over time etc.. I have a 30+ year long & extensive knowledge of textiles and gauge age ranges; fiber content etc..
To the best of my ability. As always please view all photos, dimensions etc..As they are part of the description. Please keep in mind that I provide the best photos possible but monitors do vary. If my eyes should miss a small flaw, please know it is not intentional.
Combined invoices are rarely accurate. Again, if you have any questions, please message me. The item "Antique French 18 19thc Ochre Purple Indienne Indigo Linen Cotton Pelmet Fabric" is in sale since Wednesday, January 31, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Fabric\Cotton".The seller is "pia_threads" and is located in Columbus, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.