Chintz was not the only option for printed fabrics in the 18th century, if you could afford it the hand-painted silk was always an option. Silk fabrics woven and hand painted in China were the favourite for the European market.
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- Robe à la Française (detail) in hand-painted silk, 1740s, Great Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Robe à la française (back) in hand-painted Chinese silk, 1763, Wedding dress of Mary Chaloner, McCord Museum.
- Robe a la Polonaise (back) in hand-painted Chinese silk, ca. 1780, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Robe à la Française (back detail) in Chinese hand-painted silk, 1760s, Great Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum.