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Canaletto 1697 - 1768, The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day, c.1747-8
This pocket square is based on a stunning work from Canaletto of the River Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day. St Paul’s looms over the scene and becomes a focal point for the viewer and so we’ve chosen to make this the centrepiece of our crop, a stunning building produced in exquisite detail and an iconic landmark that we’re proud to display on this hand rolled silk pocket square.
The border elements are then inspired by the architectural styles of the building and produce a crisp yet subtle colour scheme perfectly suited to a darker jacket, the cream and burnt orange sitting particularly well on a navy jacket.
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Giovanni Antonio Canal (18th October 1697 – 19th April 1768), known as Canaletto, was an Italian painter best known for his city views of Venice. He also painted imaginary views (referred to as capricci), although the demarcation in his works between the real and the imaginary is never quite clearcut. He was also a printmaker well known for using the etching technique. He worked in England during the period from 1746 to 1756 where he created numerous sights of London including this particular painting. He was highly successful in England, mainly thanks to the British merchant and connoisseur Joseph Smith, whose large collection of Canaletto's works was sold to King George III in 1762.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk pocket squares are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border. It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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