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Toile de Jouy
     

Toile de Jouy

by Melanie Riffel, Sophie Rouart
 

Riffel and Rouart have drawn upon the rich collections at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy to produce this history of these textiles. The illustrations include original designs that are conserved in the museum, exceptional examples of Toile de Jouy clothing and furniture, documents relating to manufacture and to the founding company, and examples of

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Riffel and Rouart have drawn upon the rich collections at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy to produce this history of these textiles. The illustrations include original designs that are conserved in the museum, exceptional examples of Toile de Jouy clothing and furniture, documents relating to manufacture and to the founding company, and examples of contemporary uses of the textiles.In the seventeenth century, printed and painted cottons from India first appeared in France. In reaction to the enormous commercial success of these bright Indian cottons, a French embargo was placed on the importation of foreign textiles. In 1759 this ban was finally lifted, and in 1760 the Manufacture Royale de Jouy was founded in Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris, to produce printed cotton fabrics on French soil that could compete with the popular imported ones.At first the factory produced polychrome cottons with floral or plant motifs that were intended for clothing. Subsequently, the "monochromes" appeared; adorned with rural, historical, mythological, narrative, and oriental themes, they were used mainly for home furnishings. Within a few years, the factory was the biggest of its kind in Europe, and its printed textiles had become widely used in France and abroad. In all, some 30,000 designs were created at Jouy-en-Josas through the years, many of them the work of renowned eighteenth-century artists such as Fragonard and Boucher.The authors, both curators at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy, have drawn upon the museum's rich collections to produce the first-ever complete history of these textiles. The illustrations include original designs that are conserved in the museum, exceptional historical examples of toile de Jouy clothing and furniture, documents relating to manufacture and to the founding of the company, and examples of contemporary uses of the textiles.Toile de Jouy has become increasingly popular among designers and decorators, who incorporate its classic patterns in upholstery, wallpaper, bed linens, tablecloths, napkins, and stationery. For anyone interested in the history of textiles and design, or looking for fresh ideas for interior decor, this book will be an essential reference.

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Library Journal
Remember that wallpaper at Grandma's house-the single-color print of pastoral scenes on a white background? That is the most recognized style of toile de Jouy, a French textile commonly used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but there is much more to toile de Jouy than Grandma's wallpaper. Here, Riffel (curator, Musee de la Toile) and Rouart (researcher, Centre international d'etude des textiles anciens) set out to give readers the whole picture. Starting with the story of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, the founder of the textile-printing factory at Jouy, the authors give in-depth historical information on the period, the industry, and the contemporary influences that resulted in the renowned fabric. This well-researched book is beautifully illustrated, with 277 detailed photographs of designs drawn from the collections at the Musee de la Toile. The writing is insightful and interesting, with impressive detail, though an index would have been useful. Despite truly great illustrations, this lovely work is somewhat specialized. Recommended for academic, large public, or special library collections.-Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780500511497
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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