Toiles de Jouy: French Printed Cottons, 1760-1830, Sarah Grant

The scenes on Toile de Jouy print show a landscape where shepherds and shepherd girls have all the time in the world to dance and play.

This romanticised image of rural life in late eighteenth century was reserved for the rich, who imitated this life and played it in their backyards as if it were for real. In imitation of the nobility the bourgeoisie also started using/wearing the Toiles (the name for the printed cotton). In that period Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf began his factory in Jouy-en-Josas. With the help of copper engravings flowers and later different performance he created the printed cotton and canvas in red, blue, green and black.

The creations enjoyed great fame immediately and the print still does in many forms and functions. Especially now that there is a revaluation of crafts as a reaction to the digitalization, Toile de Jouy is still hip and happening.

Wallpaper (Chinatown Toile) designed by Dan Funderburg with scenes from New York


Huge pillow, Sitting Bull

The Gien dinner service "Délices der 4 Saisons" renders homage to the enchanting "Toile de Jouy". (Artedona)


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