"Silk velvet.
Italy, third quarter 15th century.
Acquired from Mrs Loewi-Roberston, Los Angeles.

The large-scale asymmetrical pattern, in red and gold, shows undulating stems, leaves, and stylized blossoms. The pattern unit measures about 30cm wide and was no doubt well over a metre in length. The fragment inserted at bottom right probably belongs at bottom left." 

European Textiles in the Keir Collection 400BC to 1800AD, Monique King and Donald King, Faber and Faber, London, 1990




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