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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (Designed)

  • Date:

    1559 (Designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fero, Lunardo (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 5, box B

Designs for embroidery from a volume of designs by Lunardo Fero dedicated to Elena Foscara, 16 October 1559.

Physical description

Leaf of three different designs laid out in a horizontal format at regular intervals on cream-coloured laid paper with a watermark. Each design is one wide line of decoration in pen and brown ink including respectively in order: a design of flowers and leaves on either side of a central spade shape drawn in pen and brown ink interlaced with the lines of the plant stems; a symetrical design of red flowers and acanthus painted in green; red carnations alternating with pomegranate shapes each with an internal flower.

Place of Origin

Venice (Designed)


1559 (Designed)


Fero, Lunardo (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

The figure is written in the same brown ink as that in which the designs are drawn.


Height: 19.3 cm, Width: 14.5 cm

Descriptive line

Design for embroidery from a volume of designs by Lunardo Fero

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1909, London: Printed For His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1910


Pen; Watercolour; Paper


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Carnations; Acanthus; Flowers


Designs; Fashion; Embroidery; Pattern books; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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