Length of velvet

Italian (Florence)

Object Place: Italy


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

Accession Number


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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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Julia Knight Fox Fund