Piece of brocade

Italian or Spanish
Middle to end of 16th century


62.3 x 30.2 cm (24 1/2 x 11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk and gilt metal thread brocade (brocatelle)

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Yellow silk ground woven with silver wire. The design, of an ogival frame work of large leaves enclosing symmetrical composite flower forms is of white silk and violet satin. Pieces of this type are called “Italian perhaps of Milanese make about 1560” by Alan S. Cole in Ornament in European Silks. London 1899, pp. 108 and 109 figs. 88 and 89. “Spanish work, 16th cent.” See Cat. d’Étoffes Anciennes et Modernes décrites par Madame Isabelle Ferrera, Bruxelles, 1907, pp. 184 and 185, nos. 235, 236, 237.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection