Italy, second half 15th century.
Acquired from Salvadori, Florence.
piece consists of two fragments joined, both showing the same section of
the pattern. The design, which is incomplete, includes stems,
leaves, flowers and other plant forms in green, red and blue on a cream
ground. The pattern unit is 14.25 cm wide.
This is a
solid velvet with silk pile in four colours on an extended tabby ground.
The cream pile which formed the background to the pattern is almost
entirely worn away. There are remains of a pale blue tabby selvage.
exquisite polychrome velvets of the renaissance period are much rarer
than the monochrome type. No doubt the pattern here was a complex
Textiles in the Keir Collection 400BC to 1800AD, Monique King and Donald
King, Faber and Faber, London, 1990