Antique Hand Painted Banner Battaille de Fleurs: C1901 Nice, France
A wonderful find! A hand-painted banner dating from 1901 made as a prize to commemorate the Bataille de Fleurs, The Battle of Flowers held yearly in Nice, Southern France.
The banner is made from a cream silk satin with a hand painted scene watercolour scene of Nice. The lettering has been embroidered in old gold and baby blue. The sides have been edged with a decorative gold and sequin trim and its finished along the bottom edge with gold fringing. The banner hangs from a wooden baton.
There is a well known painting by Marc Chagall entitled Bataille de Fleurs.
The ‘Battle’ in the Bataille de Fleurs originated in the 19th century, when Nice was the carnation-growing capital of France. The 1876 festival featured young ladies dressed in their finest with copious florals, parading down the Promenade… and pelting each other and the audience with flowers.
Measurements: 59 x 105cm plus 5cm fringe
Condition: in good overall condition with a couple of splits to the silk satin along the top edge and another towards the bottom of the banner. We would be happy to repair at our dedicated textile conservation studio please ask us for details and a quote.