Jun 26, 2010

Same pattern, different colorways

In the second half of the 19th century, as printing techniques improved with roller printing becoming increasingly automated, French textile manufacturers began to occasionally print a popular pattern or motif in more than one colorway. Over the years of buying French textiles, I have seen very few examples of this, so I believe it was not a common practice.
Below are several swatches from the second half of the 19th century. The first two are designed by Georges Zipélius and printed in Alsace. All are high-quality prints from finely-engraved rollers and would have been costly textiles when new.

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