Selling Silks: a Merchant's Sample Book 1764

Miller, L. E. (2014) Selling Silks: a Merchant's Sample Book 1764. V & A Publishing: London. ISBN 978185177781

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In 1764, British Customs confiscated a book containing hundreds of silk samples of different qualities from French agents who were attempting to sell them illegally in London. The merchant's sample book acquired in 1972 by the V & A may be this very book, a fascinating record of the eighteenth-century French and English silk industries and their commercial practices. Alongside a full and faithful reproduction of the whole album, Lesley Miller sets in context the role of the book as a marketing tool from the premier European silk-weaving centre of Lyon and as a model for Spitalfields manufacturers. This publication makes accessible the contents of an extremely rare and fragile object. Translations of French inscriptions, identification of how samples have migrated from one page to another, and technical analysis of some of the silks, as well as a glossary and biographical data on the Lyonnais suppliers make this an invaluable resource for historians, collectors and designers.

Item Type:Books
Additional Information:Translated into French by La Bibliothèque des Arts: Soieries: le livre d'échantillons d'un marchand français au siècle des Lumières
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Professor Lesley
Authors: Miller, L. E.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Publisher:V & A Publishing

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