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Orphrey "The Annunciation"

Design possibly 15th century, workmanship probably 16th century


Height x width: 21.5 x 22.5 cm (8 7/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground, rose silk, design yellow silk. This piece has a heavy pink silk warp. On two sides is a piece of green and tarnished gold gimp, in which the gold thread was made by winding linen with gilded gold-beaters’ skin. Madame Errera describes a similar piece, but says that it is woven with a linen warp. She calls it “Italian work of the 15th-16th cent.” Fischbach, in Die Geschichte der Textilkunst, p.192 calls a similar piece pl.113 b. “Italian 14th-15th cent., designed by the pupils of Ghirlandaho’ and Cox calls it “Sienese weaving of the 16th cent.” See Collection d’Anciennes Étoffes, Ré et Décrites par Madame isabelle Errera. Giorgio Sangiorgi Jr. Says that Orphreys of this type of design and weaving were made in Florence.


Purchased by the donor of J. Pallotti

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George Washington Wales