Stuff Art of the Embroiderer
by Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin (Designer to the King 1770)
ISBN-10: 0875871100
ISBN-13: 9780875871103
Los Angeles County Museum of Art/David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc.
HC w/ Slipcase
Pages: 192
Language(s): English

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Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin, the son of an embroiderer, was a designer to King Louis XV, holding the specific position of dessinateur du Roi pour le costume, or designer of the king's wardrobe. During his tenure in this position, he seems to have enjoyed the patronage of the Marquise de Pompadour, who at one time ordered a box of paints for him from China. He also distinguished himself by the production of several suites of engravings and a series of watercolors that depict flowers both real and imaginary. Yet, today he is perhaps best known as the author of L'Art du Brodeur, his illuminating study of the embroiderer's art, published in 1770.

Art of the Embroiderer contains a wealth of information which over the years has become extremely difficult to locate. The informative descriptions of the embroiderer's milieu; the precise detailing of stitching techniques, as well as methods of assembling, caring for, and cleaning embroidered objects; and the firsthand information on eighteenth-century working conditions, social values, and esthetics make this work highly important for the modern costume historian, textile scholar, conservator, needleworker, and student of the eighteenth century.