|This valance is part of a set of bed hangings made for the actor/manager
David Garrick and his wife in the 1770s.
Chintz (painted cotton fabric) was fashionable - both for furnishings
and clothing - throughout the 18th century, and designs were altered
to reflect the popular influences of the day. The tree motif shown
here has stylistic features that are Chinese in tone.
These bed hangings were impounded on their arrival in Britain, and
Garrick had some difficulty in arranging for their release. The concerns
of British weavers about the undercutting of local manufacturers had
led to a ban, in 1721, on the importation of Indian chintz.
Victoria & Albert Museum W.70I-1916 (CIS) (c. 1770s)
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