Description: A large rare 18th century copperplate toile fragment depicting "Hommage de l'Amerique a la France" or Hommage of America to France. This toile designed by Jean Baptiste Marie Huet was commissioned in 1785–1789 for the manufacture of toiles de Jouy directed by Oberkampf. This toile refers to the Treaty of Alliance (1778). France aligns itself with America and the Goddess of Freedom blessed the union, a symbolic theme since it was eleven years before the French Revolution. Featuring printed scenic vignettes depicting fanciful American landscapes and native people exchanging greetings with figures representing France on cotton. Backed with homespun linen, hand stitched and quilted. This is a museum quality piece, bigger and in better shape then what most museums have in their archives. Please keep in mind this is an original piece of toile and is 230 years old and is not going to be perfect.
Condition: This is a large fragment of what was once a quilt, it has a torn piece out of the bottom about 4” x 6”, various but excellent patching, rust spots along the edge, a small tear in the side about an inch and I have not cleaned this piece.