Chintz of Birds and Flowers 10979

India, for the European Market, probably France

Cotton; painted mordant and resist dye

Mid 18th Century Provenance: MESDA, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

42 x 162 inches (107 x 411cm)

The piece is full length, complete with all selvedge edges present, including an interesting fleur-de-lis chop mark. It should be noted that at one time there was a single cut in the middle of this cloth length and then both halves were joined at the selvedge to create a large coverlet. It was used as a bedcover for a Charleston bed in the MESDA (The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) collection (See Rauschenberg and Bivens, The Furniture of Charleston,Vol. 1, pg. 432). In the meantime, it has been returned to its original state as a length of cloth and now may be considered to be fully conserved and in excellent condition.