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Textile design from the Bianchini Ferier archive, Lyon, France, circa 1922

gouache on paper , sold unframed in a cream mount

Mount: 44 x 53 cm
Design: 28 x 35 cm

Bianchini Ferier was a silk weaving manufacturer based in Lyons. Founded in 1888 by Francois Atuyer, Charles Bianchini and Francois Ferier, it first produced fine silk damasks mainly for the apparel industry. They won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889 and from then on were very successful.

 The design process 

Although, most of the designs from this archive are anonymous, the designs before 1950 are all numbered and therefore datable. These designs often come with “colour ways” and annotations with technical details by the work staff. For example a single repeat is marked out with a pencil outline which might suggest the design was being considered for printing. The process of creating the drawing can also be seen in the margins in pencil and also in the design itself which is not always  completed or finished all over the paper. Some of the designs which were to be printed came with a printer’s fent.  The fent was used by the block printer to test the blocks before printing on the cloth, to ensure there was no excess wear or damage to them.

The designs from this archive are so diverse, colourful and beautiful that they take textile illustration to the realm of great art.

A lovely gift for a lover of pattern and antique fabrics