Italy, possibly Florence, second half 16th or early 17th century.
Acquired in Italy.
pattern, in red on silvery white, is a variant of [the previous example]. The pattern unit
measures 42 x 14 cm. The frontal has been carefully assembled from a
number of pieces - including a further variant of the same pattern - and
edged with gold braid.
of the section illustrated is similar to that of [the previous example].
The second variant in this frontal differs in that the ground weave is
based on 1.3 broken twill instead of tabby. Both these velvets have
selvages of light green silk warp threads with stripes of cream,
brownish (actually pink and yellow threads alternating) and cream silk
Textiles in the Keir Collection 400BC to 1800AD, Monique King and Donald
King, Faber and Faber, London, 1990