|The Victoria & Albert Museum|
I’ve always been a fan of toile and very much enjoy the look of it because it conveys at once a sense of elegance and casual charm. This particular toile from the Victoria & Albert Museum dates to 1792 and was printed from a copperplate designed by Jean-Baptiste Huet, manufactured by the firm Oberkampf. With its detailed scenes of “the activities of the farm” depciting idealized peasant women and their pets on a background of antique structures comes from fragments from the collection of Madame Mayoux, a Parisian gallery owner and collector, who donated the scraps to the V&A in 1919. It’s quite gorgeous, isn’t it?
Toile de Jouy is still manufactured today in a variety of colors and with a wide array of scenes and themes. The addition of toile works for any room in your home and is an excellent way to inject elegance into any space.