Thursday, November 3, 2011

Regency Era Curtains - Ackermann's Repository

I love to create digital projects that use a vintage looking curtain to create a "staged" effect; 
and wasn't I especially thrilled to discover that Ackermann's Repository had a variety 
of Curtain and Draped Windows for me to play with.

One of the Regular features in the 1809-1828 publications of Ackermann's Repository were the Furniture Plates.  These colorful images appeared in nearly every issue and several included some sort of Window Dressing.   This lets me know that window treatments played a significant role in room decor during the regency for The Repository to include them as part of the furniture plate articles.

1816 Ackermann's Repository Furniture Plate showing Curtained Windows - Frame by sparklingwater.deviantart.com

Many of the Curtain images from Ackermann's can be used to create fun backdrops 
to a digital scene or with a bit of time, effort and a good program like Photoshop 
the curtain can be extracted to become a digital element on its own.
My previous post Curtains Set the Stage is one example of this.


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For this post I wanted to show the actual Ackermann Repository 
Furniture Plates for Curtains that were considered en Mode for the period.  

It appears that Curtains played a more significant role in home decor some years more than others.
From 1809 - 1818,  one to three furniture plate a year was devoted to the curtain but then in 
1819 & 1820 there were six furniture plates devoted to curtains in each of those years.  
Unfortunately, they practically disappeared after that with only 
one appearing in 1824 and two Gothic ones in 1826. 
Ah - the fickleness of fashion.



So here they are for you viewing pleasure
 Ackermann's Repository "Curtain" -  Furniture Plates

1809 Ackermann's Repository "Curtain" Furniture Plate 19
I've already had a bit of fun creating digital art using this image.  
I loved the leopard spots on these swagging draperies.

I used an EKDuncan adapted version of this swag to frame my 

I also showed how this could be used as a background for creating 
digital art by adding in one of the 1812 fashion ladies.  
Click HERE or scroll to the bottom of the post to see the example.


This is the accompanying Ackermann's Article for the above 1809 curtain.

I love the way they wrote in the Regency time and just wanted to share a bit 
of what the articles were like that accompanied the pretty artwork.


1809 - French Curtain Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository
I used this image to create a whole collection of "Stage Curtains" 
and shared it in my previous post "Curtains Set the Stage"

(Larger versions of my EKDuncan adaptations of this curtain can be 
downloaded from my eveyd.deviantart.com account)
 

1810 - Double Curtain - Furniture Plate in Ackermann's Repository

1811 - French Window Curtain Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1811 - French Drapery Window Curtains Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1812 - French Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1812 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1813 - French Window Curtains from Ackermann's Repository

1814 Window Curtains - Furniture Plate from Ackermann's Repository

1815 - Library Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1815 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1815 - Boudoir Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1816 - Drawing Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1816 - Dining Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1816 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1817 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1818 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1819 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1819 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1819 - Dining Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository
 I used this lovely swag in one of my EKDuncan digital creations HERE


1819 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1819 - Library Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1819 - Three Drapery Designs by Mr Stafford of Bath - Ackermann's Repository

1820 - Draperies of Circular Windows - Ackermann's Repository

1820 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1820 - Drawing Room Window Curtain from Ackermann's Repository

1820 - Three Drapery Design Ideas for Small Apartments - Ackermann's Repository

1820 - Draperies for Half - Sexagon Bow Window - Ackermann's Repository
  
1820 - Window Drapery with Cornice - Ackermann's Repository

1824 - Alcove Window Curtains - Ackermann's Repository
 
1826 - Gothic Window and Curtain - Ackermann's Repository

1826 - Gothic Window Curtains with Cornice - Ackermann's Repository


Here are a few Furniture Plates that are 
Full Room Decor with Curtains

1816 - Grecian Style Furniture and Curtains - Ackermann's Repository

1816 - Dining Room with Window Treatment - Ackermann's Repository
 I used this to create and expanded room setting on my other blog



1816 - Saloon - Ackermann's Repository

1822 - Furniture Plate that has Drapes in it - Ackermann's Repository

1827 - Gothic Furniture plate with Curtains in the background


I just love all these images!
  They are beautiful to look at and so much fun to play with 
if you like to create digitally like I do.

I've altered several of my favorites and they can be downloaded from my
deviantART account by going HERE


In the next few posts I'll be sharing some more of my EKDuncan
versions of some of these curtains, just because I love to play and create with them.
Then I'll move on to more Ackermann Repository images of Furniture of the Regency.

Till next time...

Thanks for visiting with me at EKDuncan.blogspot.com

Here are some links to my Regency Digital Art Creations 
using some of the curtains from above.
Regency Ladies of Fashion


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If you have enjoyed seeing these images from Ackermann's Repository 
and would like the opportunity to see and read an original for yourself 
they are are available on line at www.archive.org

Click HERE then choose the volume you are interested in.
You can then see and read them online or download 
them to your computer for future reference.
Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. How georgeous, breath-taking beautiful curtains! I would want them in my house. Thanks for bringing them here to be found!

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  2. Thanks Hiipi H - I'm so glad you like them too!!!

    Grins,
    Evelyn

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  3. I am supposed to be promoting my Jane Austen contest and 15 minutes to clicking on to this page I am READING and scanning EVERYTHING! GLORIOUS POST!
    OK so now back to work!
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  4. Hey Jasmine - I'm so glad you have enjoyed the Ackermann collection I've posted. I'm a big fan of "Jane" and P&P is my fav, especially the Colin Firth version -yes, love the water scene the best!!!

    Good Luck with the contest, I hope you get lots of people dropping by - and I send my complements to your mother as well.

    Grins,
    Evelyn

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