Saturday, 14 May 2011

L’amour et L’amité c1820

This is a beautiful piece of antique French toile d'Alsace dating to about 1818-20 in a design called l’Amour et l’Amitié or Love and Friendship. It is plate printed in madder on fine cotton. Several similar toiles were produced in France at the same time; a similar toile de Jouy is recorded called 'L'Amour Les Conduit - L'Amitié Les Raméne or Love Leads Them Away - Friendship Brings Them Back. The toile designers appear to have taken their inspiration from the artist Two sources; Prud'hon whose works included a pinting called L'Union de l'Amour et de l'Amitié or the Union of Love & Friendship and two engravings made after paintings by Mallet, L'Amour Les Conduit and L'Amitié le Raméne.

The piece shown here was printed in Munster at the Hartmann factory.

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