Length of velvet

Italian (Florence)
1450–1500


Object Place: Italy

Dimensions

197 x 73.5 cm (77 9/16 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.140

Medium or Technique

Silk velvet voided, cut and uncut, and pile-on-pile, and silk wrapped gold-colored metallic thread, and silk lining

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Length of voided velvet with pile-on-pile and uncut and cut pile, gold metallic uncut loop pile; brocaded with gold-metallic thread. Design of two undulating, intertwining vines. One vine is formed by gold leaves outlined with red velvet pile, bearing large conventionalized leaf forms woven with red velvet in two heights of pile powdered with gold loops enclosing smaller thistle-like forms in velvet surrounded by gold leaves outlined with velvet piles. The other vine is red velvet pile powdered with loops of gold, bearing cones of thistles woven with red velvet pile, flat, and looped gold weft. Traces of uncut velvet appear in the pile. Pieced.

Provenance

1931, Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1931, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $8500. (Accession Date: March 5, 1931)

Credit Line

Julia Knight Fox Fund