|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / publications|
a paper, given at the CIETA meeting of 1989 in Chicago USA, by Anne Wanner-JeanRichard
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|With the aera of world
exhibitions the documents become more numerous. There is
a picture of an embroidery in a newspaper of
Leipzig of 1856. It shows the exhibition of
Paris 1856 and almost all the details of the curtain are
known, but the piece itself is not conserved.
The specimen table-cloth made for the London world exhibition of 1851 can be seen at St. Gallen. In the center there are the royal English arms with the caption "Honni soit qui mal y pense". Another detail shows fine satinstitch and lace stitch.
The exhibitions of the second half of 19th century help to date some more swiss embroideries. In the Collection of Stuttgart (Germany) there is a handkerchief from the exhibition in Berne 1857. In St. Gallen there are 2 very similar embroideries. The chinese or oriental influenced motives are probably the result of some Swiss expeditions to the east. We know of trips to India, China, Japan in the years 1840, 1843 1858. Also important in those years was the railway. On the same handkerchief there is the motive of a railway.
|In 1848 there were 20 km of
railway in Switzerland and 1860 already a thousand km.
These facts make it possible to date the embroideery in
A handkerchief with swiss embroidery in
Hamburg shows monuments of Paris, for
instance the Opera which was built in 1874, Similar
monuments shows the handkerchief with Hotel Tamina in
Ragaz. It is an example for Swiss tourism.
A group of samplers can also be dated in the second
half of 19th century. The fine drawn work was made by
ladies of Appenzell and we know the dates of life of two
of them: 1819-1872 and 1827-1908.
Handkerchief exposed 1857 in Berne
Handkerchief with Palm Tree,
shown at Paris World Exhibition of 1889,
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