Signing of the Declaration of Independence [A masterpiece in original silk weaving taken from the John Trumbull painting]. [WITH,] THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GENERAL CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.

Declaration of Independence]; Trumbull, John; [Silk Painting]; Americana [Signing of the Declaration of Independence]; [Jacquard Silk]

Published by Lyons and San Francisco Wullschleger & Co., Inc. and Taylor and Taylor 1928 and 1918, 1928
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The printing of the Declaration here offered with the silk rendering of the Trumbull painting of the signing, was printed by Taylor & Taylor in San Francisco in 1918. First issue of this rare woven silk rendering of John Trumbull’s famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A small number were issued and it is said that most were sent to U.S. Embassies around the world. A copy, framed and glazed, with trial samples was given to the Smithsonian Institution by Mr. Wullschleger and is noted in their report of 1956 (see below). First issue of the Taylor & Taylor printing of the Declaration of Independence. The silk rendering of the painting is 31 inches x 22 inches; the reproduced Declaration of Independence is 22 inches by 16.5 inches and is handsomely matted, the silk is handsomely presented within an antique wooden frame, glazed. The frame similar to the frame described by the Smithsonian Institution in 1956 when Arthur E. Wullschleger gifted his specimen of the weaving (and the loom it was produced on) to the Institution. A very fine copy of each item, beautifully preserved and very rare thus. RARE FIRST ISSUE OF THE FIRST RENDERING INTO SILK, OF THE ICONIC PAINTING BY JOHN TRUMBULL OF THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OFFERED WITH A FINE PRINTING OF THE DECLARATION DONE BY TAYLOR & TAYLOR IN 1918. ‘This painting, since it’s presentation to the public within the rotunda of the US Capitol, has served as the most popular depiction of that great event in American history. The painting has appeared over the years in numerous printed renditions and was used as an engraving on the U.S. two-dollar bill. The silk rendering is a masteriece of platinum and black metallic silks from the looms of Wullschleger in Lyons, and was designed by A. Travard and woven by Mary Katherine Godard. Copies are housed in a number of collections around the world. Wullschleger was a Swiss emigrant resident of New York and a textile industry entrepreneur. He maintained offices in both New York City and in Lyons, France. He commissioned the creation of this superb Jacquard woven rendition of the original Trumbull painting to honour the firms years in business. And it would rquire the construction of a special building furnished with six Verol Jacquard pattern shedding mechanisms and a continuous three year work effort before completing the project in 1928. It is said, that at the time, patterns of the ‘Declaration’ would be produced as presentation gifts for friends and colleagues in the silk industry and to each American embassy around the world. An example is held by the Smithsonian Institution along with the actual loom that it was woven on.’ Surviving examples are presumed to be held in private or institutional collections, and the work is very rare in open marketplace. Concerning the copy in the Smithsonian Institution, note the folllowing from: The United States National Museum Annual Report for the Year Ended June 30, 1956: "Significant specimen donated by Arthur E. Wullschleger is a woven-silk reproduction of Trumbull's famous painting "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence," made under Mr. Wullschleger's personal direction by a number of the most skilled weavers in the French silk industry in Lyons. The gift comprises the framed silk Jacquard picture, an excellent example of this type of weaving, and trial samples which preceded the completed picture. " "Lyons had long been a center for production of silk. In 1466 King Louis XI decided to develop a national silk industry in Lyon. In the face of protests by the Lyonnais, he conceded and moved the silk fabrication to Tours, but the industry in Tours stayed relatively marginal. His main objective was to reduce France's trade deficit with Italy, which caused France to lose 400,000 to 500,000 golden écus a year.[32] It was under Francis I in around 1535 that a royal charter was granted to two merchants, Étienne Turquet and Barthélemy Naris, to develop a silk. Bookseller Inventory # 23101

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Title: Signing of the Declaration of Independence [...

Publisher: Lyons and San Francisco Wullschleger & Co., Inc. and Taylor and Taylor 1928 and 1918

Publication Date: 1928

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