Italy, late 16th or early 17th century.
Acquired in northern Italy.
pattern, in two shades of gold on a red ground, consists of a
curvilinear lattice of foliage, enclosing a stylized flowering plant in
a scrolled frame. The pattern unit
measures 52.5 x 14 cm. A number of pieces of the silk have been carefully assembled
to form a rectangular cover, edged with gold and silver lace.
is lampas, with a red satin ground and a pattern in flat gold strip,
bound in 1\3 twill. This gold strip is accompanied, in some parts of the
pattern, by white silk weft threads and, in other parts, by pale yellow
silk weft threads, producing an effect of two tones of gold, one more
silvery than the other."
Textiles in the Keir Collection 400BC to 1800AD, Monique King and Donald
King, Faber and Faber, London, 1990