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Point Paper (mise-en-carte)

A work made of opaque watercolor (gouache) over graphite with black ink on mold paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of opaque watercolor (gouache) over graphite with black ink on mold paper.


c. 1880


Roubaix, France
Possibly from the firm of Emile Leblanc

About this artwork

This watercolor design of water lilies and other aquatic plants on paper is a mise-en-carte, or weaving draft, meant to serve as a bridge between the original design and the woven textile. Prepared on paper with a grid pattern whose lines represent warps and wefts, such drafts provided instructions for preparing the loom and for color usuage. Professional mise-en-carte readers were sometimes employed to assist the weavers and help them understand the designer’s intensions.
-A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016


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Leblanc (Firm) (Printer)


Point Paper (mise-en-carte)


France (Object made in)


Made 1870–1890


Opaque watercolor (gouache) over graphite with black ink on mold paper


42.7 × 49.7 cm (16 7/8 × 19 5/8 in.); Matted: 46 × 55.8 cm (18 1/8 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Christopher Monkhouse in honor of Christa Thurman

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