Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The latest addition to my toile collection

Well, I am really pleased, I managed to find a toile design on ebay last week that I have been wishing to own for quite a while! It is a small but superb French quilted bed pelmet in Toile d'Alsace in the design Episodes in the life of Napoleon I. There isn't a complete pattern repeat, but I am not complaining, I love the piece, it is even more beautiful than the pictures in a reference book that I have been drooling over for a few years. It dates to about 1840, and was printed after Napoleon's death. I really like the picture of Napoleon inspecting the artillery, apparently, according to a historian friend of mine, he was especially partial to artillery. The designer has managed to capture the flame on the lighting taper and a distant explosion simply by leaving certain areas of the toile white. I also like the way the horse gazes out at the viewer, a common device to engage the viewer more intimately with the picture. A beautiful panel. Hurrah!


  1. Isn't amazing sometimes how things manage to find their way into our hearts and stash. What a great find!

  2. Thanks, it is a real buzz to own it, I am waiting for my historian friend to return from Spain so he can point me in the right direction for more research! x

  3. This blog is so 'up my street' and amazing I adore all of your beautiful fabric ....so I am off to make a cup of tea, warm up a mince pie and have a lovely long look at this....treasurery
    Lots of hugs....guess today was my lucky dayxx
    Lynn x

  4. Thanks Lynn, what lovely compliments, I am so glad you enjoy my musings! All the best for a wonderful, creative weekend, Lois x