Lithuania, first half of the 18th c.
18th c. Rococo colours and ideas of Classicism
The spirit of Rococo is particularly well reflected in eighteenth-century patterned silk fabrics from the weaving mills of France, above all Lyon, whose ornaments and colours were adopted by acupictors. The distinctive features of this style are light pastel colours, swirling flower garlands and diagonally meandering “rivers”. In the third quarter of the 18th century, the taste in decorative arts inclined towards classics with a predilection for clear architectural lines and a renewed interest in motifs of classical antiquity.
Embroidery with metal and silk threads, embroidery on canvas
Silver threads are laid and couched with silk stitches forming an even fine geometrical pattern of the background surface. Coloured silk ornaments are embroidered with cross-stitch on canvas, thus allowing picturesque colour transitions in flower patterns or figures.