Flower Embroidery Design for Silk Manufactory of Lyon

Flower Embroidery Design for Silk Manufactory of Lyon

c. 1790

Jean Baptiste Pillement

(French, 1728-1808)

Black and colored crayon on wove paper

Sheet: 22.2 x 24.4 cm (8 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.67


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Jean Baptiste Pillement not only created designs for silk manufacture, he also is credited with inventing a new technique for printing on fabric.


This drawing features a floral design intended for use by the silk manufactory in Lyon, a city with a long tradition in this industry. Jean Baptiste Pillement’s chalk drawings were translated not only into fabric, but also prints, which circulated and spread his style widely. Here, he used a small range of colors and repeated forms to create an appealing decorative motif.

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