European Jacquard

European Jacquard


no.132 Extremely fine French Jacquard shawl in mint condition.


no.113 – Fine long silk shawl, circa 1820 in near perfect condition.

French silk shawl fragment. circa 1820



Very rare Chinoiserie shawl, c1850. Architectural patterns on European shawls were first developed by the renowned French designer Amedee Couder of the early part of the 19th century, a style subsequently taken up by Antony Berrus in his flourishing years of 1845-1851 which produced amazing patterns. Judging from the elaborateness and dramatics of the Chinese style buildings in this shawl, the design is most likely a Berrus designed pattern. I haven’t found anything exactly identical to it in Monique Levi-Strauss’ books. The weave is of the fairly loose type. It’s missing the green selvedge tape in several areas and the fringe is mostly gone. However the rest remains intact with hardly any daylight through the otherwise solid weave of the shawl. SOLD




 no. 112-  Pivot shawls are extremely rare and rarer still is the pivot technique found in the Jacquard scarfs. The example shown here of course relates  stylistically to the Levi-Strauss illustration found on pages 120-121 of her book The Cashmere Shawl. That shawl was most likely a very expensive item when it first made its spectacular appearance in 1850. My guess is that this scarf was created for more modest fashionistas desiring a similar design but not willing to fork over the exorbitant price for the original full shawl. Few if any museums possess anything like this.