Long Shawl with Black Center and Exotic Four-Sided Gallery in Chinoiserie Style

Long Shawl with Black Center and Exotic Four-Sided Gallery in Chinoiserie Style

1840s

2/2 twill tapestry (S), double interlocked, pieced; refreshed; wool

Overall: 332.8 x 139.6 cm (131 x 54 15/16 in.)

Gift of Arlene C. Cooper 2010.141

Description

This expensive woven shawl has been refreshed—that is, its outdated designs have been replaced with beautiful new decoration. Overlapping pairs of botehs, or paisleys, enliven the original end panels (pallava) whereas the area around the central black rectangle was updated with an exotic four-sided gallery featuring ships, buildings, and flags that suggest Chinese influence.

This stunning shawl is composed of seven almost invisibly joined pieces. One large section contains both ends and the continuous side borders while six pieces create the space in the middle. When the shawl was refreshed with the new chic gallery, black pigment—hardly visible—was applied along the edges of the central black section. The inscription may identify the textile’s quality or material content.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar.