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Selling Silks: A Merchant's Sample Book

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In 1764, British customs confiscated a book containing hundreds of samples of different qualities of silks from French agents who were attempting to sell them illegally in London. This merchant’s sample book was acquired in 1972 by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and today it provides a fascinating record of the 18th-century French and English silk industries and their ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Victoria & Albert Museum (first published April 1st 2014)
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Jun 03, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. It reproduces in full colour the entire book of 18th century silk samples in the V&A collection. Most of the samples are from France which were at the time being illegally imported into the UK. This was because France was even in the 18th century the center of most international fashion and ladies wanted the most-up-to-date rather than what some saw a provincial local silks.

Very few of these silk brocade same books have survived from the 18th century. They tended to
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