Block printed cotton panel, late 18th century
The exceptional block printed panel was cut from the skirt of a gown. The design was printed on cotton 25 1/2" wide. The panel consists of 4 1/2 pieces sewn together by hand with tiny running stitches. See the back side.
It is a shame the original gown is no longer intact. Still, how wonderful to have part of this superb fabric to recycle! The cotton is remarkably strong. It can be used to make pillows or a valence to add an antique accent to your decor.
In view of the limits of print technology 240 years ago, the color palette is quite inventive: chocolate brown, pink-orange, midnight (eagle) green, and cream white.
The condition is excellent.
It measures 112 1/2 wide by 20 1/2" long.