|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Europe: Western Europe, Great Britain, Scotland, Paisley|
|Period:||Mid to late 19th century|
|Date:||1860 - 1880|
|Dimensions:||L 320 cm x W 162 cm|
|Credit:||Gift of Raymond J. Simpson|
This shawl shows a French all-over pattern at its peak. The architectonic layout (influenced by oriental rugs) combines medallions and powerful vegetal elements arranged to create a three-dimensional effect – a composition introduced by Antony Berrus, a famous French designer of the mid-19th century. The huge scrolling volutes and curving sprouts cover almost a quarter of the surface. The details are the most intricate ever produced by the jacquard machine and the length of the shawls (about 3.5 m) is also at a maximum. The design appears somewhat mechanical, but this was considered acceptable given the growing fascination with machinery and its products.