Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Theobroma cacao - Cacao 
Theobroma cacao (Cacao) detail of a picture by Luisovalles, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Theobroma cacao (Cacao) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric, c. 1827-1830
Theobroma cacao (Cacao) from Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, vol. 2, pl. 157 II, 1890
Common Names: Cacao Tree, Cocoa Tree, Smooth-leaved Chocolate Nut-tree
Theobroma cacao (Cacao) is a member of the Mallow Family (Malvaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 4 recorded that this plant is native to South America and was first cultivated in Britain in 1739. 

Quilts with this Theobroma cacao (Cacao) motif: 
  • None known at this time

Chintz with this Theobroma cacao (Cacao) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric, Object Number T.441-1919, c. 1827-1830

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