Joseph Marie Charles Jacquard (1752-1834) - A fine woven silk 'A La Mémoire' portrait, dated 1839,
Lot 64
Joseph Marie Charles Jacquard (1752-1834) - A fine woven silk 'A La Mémoire' portrait,
dated 1839,
£6,000 - 9,000
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
Lot Details
Joseph Marie Charles Jacquard (1752-1834) - A fine woven silk 'A La Mémoire' portrait, dated 1839,
produced by Didter Petit et Cie, Lyon, executed on a Jacquard loom by Michel-Marie Carquillat, based on the portrait of Jacquard by Claude Bonnefond, framed, 28½ by 35½in (72.5 by 90cm)

Footnotes

  • The Jacquard loom was the first machine which used a system of punch cards in its operation and allowed the textiles manufacturers of Lyon to produce woven fabric significantly faster than their competitors. The loom is considered to be a first major step in the history of computing and computer programming. Charles Babbage had a similar copy of this image and Jacquard is considered influential in the development of the Analytical Engine.

    This particular portrait would have been made to order, a system of 24,000 cards were used in their production.

    Reference:
    ESSINGER, James - Jacquard's Web: How a hand loom led to the birth of the information age, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004.

    See lot 67 Fine Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 19 April 2011 for a similar example.
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