Embroidered Italian altar cloth

Early 18th century

Object Place: Italy


78 x 437 cm (30 11/16 x 172 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William B. Goodwin