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Two Joined Panels of Brocaded Yellow Furnishing Wool

A work made of wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded.

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  • A work made of wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded.

Date:

c. 1720s

Artist:

England, Probably Norwich

About this artwork

Patterned woven wool fabrics were employed for both upholstery and clothing. The city of Norwich, in Norfolk, is commonly known as the primary center for weaving wool in the 18th century. Fine woolen textiles were the backbone of the English economy for hundreds of years, from the late middle ages until well into the 19th century. Britain’s North American colonies provided a ready market for luxury goods like these patterned wool fabrics. In fact, a dress in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg is made of a very similar textile (inventory number 1988.223).

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Title

Two Joined Panels of Brocaded Yellow Furnishing Wool

Origin

England

Date

c. 1720–1729

Medium

Wool, worsted, damask weave; brocaded

Dimensions

Overall: 90.2 × 88.9 cm (35 1/2 × 35 in.) Each panel: 90.2 × 45.7 cm (35 1/2 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Mary Ann Judy Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2020.216

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