"Bizarre" Silks of the Eighteenth Century

Within the latter part of the 17th century and spanning over into the earlier part of the 18th was a style of figured silk fabrics that came to be termed (in modern times) as "bizarre." Bizarre silks were characterized by their large patterns featuring stylized leaves and flowers, as well as geometric shapes. The origin of this style came by way of influence from the Orient. It is a style that is, at once, both familiar and unfamiliar and I thought it might be of interest to show just a few examples of it. 

ca, 1700-1724

ca. 1700-1724

ca, 1700-1710

ca. 1700-1724

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