Embroidered Italian altar cloth
Early 18th century
Object Place: Italy
78 x 437 cm (30 11/16 x 172 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Italian, early 18th century Altar cloth. Fine white linen ground, pieced in several places, embroidered with fine white linen thread in button hole, stem and chain stitches and a variety of openwork stitches. Borders show rows of birds, animals and flowers. A circular medallion in center containing IHS, with cross and three nails, surrounded by a burst of rays and pinks. Narrow scalloped bobbin lace edging all around. A number of small darned places.
Gift of Mrs. William B. Goodwin