Italy, possibly Florence, late 15th - early 16th
Acquired from Salvadori, Florence.
symmetrical pattern, in green
and gold, is composed of undulating stems, leaves and stylized blossoms.
The pattern unit measures about 77 x 28.5 cm.
velvet has green silk pile, pattern wefts of gold thread bound 1/2
twill, and looped gold thread.
This is a
particularly fresh example of a bold and vigorous design which was
extremely popular in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century."
Textiles in the Keir Collection 400BC to 1800AD, Monique King and Donald
King, Faber and Faber, London, 1990