Printed wool shawl, 1840s-1850s
The spotted print design is very unusual in 19th century shawls. Printed on a black wool ground, the design features borders of paisley motifs framing a field of unexpected large black polka dots alternating with floral lozenges. The effect is still fresh and lively—true serendipity; it would have been even more so in 1840.
Large square shawls, originally worn as substitutes for coats or jackets, make a striking interior design statement today. Drape it over your couch where you can enjoy this piece of textile art up close.
The condition is very good to excellent. The shawl has a few small mends and pin prick holes as well as some wear on the fringe. These are minor flaws, which do not spoil the beauty of the piece.
It measures 67" square, excluding the fringe.