"Silk lampas.
Italy, Florence, second half 15th century.
Acquired from Professor Santoro, Florence.

The pattern, in gold, light green and violet on a red background, is a curvilinear lattice of leafy stems enclosing stylized plants. The design unit measures 51 x 13.7 cm.

The weave is lampas, with satin ground and 1/2 twill pattern. The proportion of main warp threads to binding warp threads is 4:1, all S-twisted on S-plied linen thread. A selvage of several cords is present at the left edge."

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




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