Length of velvet

Italian (Venice)

Object Place: Venice, From the Church of La Fava, Italy


79.5 x 46.8 cm (31 5/16 x 18 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk velvet brocade with gold-colored metal strip wrapped on silk core thread

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular panel, patched in upper left corner. Crimson velvet ground; pattern in flat and loop brocaded gold yarns. Design shows symmetrical arrangements of leafy branches bearing pomegranate and flowers; oval medallions or elaborate fleurs-de-lys at the intersections. Partial selvedge along one side: green warp twill with single gold colored stripe. Gold yarns much worn and breaking away from ground. Church of La Fava, about 1520.


Mme. Niclausse (dealer), Paris; sold by Mme. Niclausse to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1957, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $350. (Accession Date: May 9, 1957)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund