From Examples of Chinese ornament, by Owen Jones, London, 1867. Various objects in blue-and-white china. The center composition and the borders at the top of the plate are very Persian in character and arrangement.
A small number of Chinese textiles were based on European “bizarre” silk designs. This example combines a sophisticated mélange of lush flora and fantastic architectural features—elements that periodically appeared in European silks from about 1695 to 1720. The gilt-paper-wrapped thread woven into the fabric is uniquely Chinese, but the cloth’s narrow loom width is the same as that of many eighteenth-century European dress silks.