Tuesday, 22 February 2011

2 different versions of Les Savoyardes, toile de Bordeaux c1790

I have come across at least two slightly different versions of this late 18thc toile, there were no hard & fast copyright laws at the time so popular designs were very commonly 'borrowed' by different manufacturers. Also, designers often worked for a few different factories at the same time. I am not sure which here is the earliest, one is very slightly cruder than the other - the paler design at the top of the comparison photos - but they are about the same size and more or less the same composition, so either a refinement by the same designer or an almost exact copy from a rival.

The last two photos refer to the book: Antique French Textiles for Designers by J K Laval for a reference to the toile, it looks like the slightly cruder design in the photo. I have had other toiles from Bordeaux that look as though they were designed by the same artist as the slightly darker, more sophisticated toile, the cruder one reminds me of an artistic style more common in toiles de Rouen, but who knows!

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