One of my favourite birds, the Jay, an English toile c1770
This was most likely printed by Bromley hall at about 1770 when the English briefly excelled in the production of plate printed cottons after learning the technology from the Irish, before the French became dominant in the market, producing some amazing toiles. This piece is an indigo print on cotton, very rare. Jays and acorns, a wonderful print, showing the quirky character of these beautiful birds, who love to search out and store acorns to eat when in season and store for the winter.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!