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  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet with applique fabric and couched work

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Valance of red silk velvet (now much worn away), with "applique" fabric (the warp of pinkish or white linen and gilt copper, and silver strips, weft of silk). The pattern is outlined with similar strips twisted round a linen core. It has a pattern, repeated four times, of a symmetrical flowering plant with long curved leaves, and festoons above. The lower edge is scalloped, and there is a band along the top of copper-gilt braid. On the lining is marked: 'P. Joas (?) Baptista No 14P'. There are linen linings.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet with applique fabric and couched work


Length: 77 in, Depth: 38 in

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 80735/1903.

Descriptive line

Valance, silk velvet with applique fabric and couched work, Spain, 17th century.


Linen thread; Metal thread; Silk thread; Silk (textile)


Velvet weave; Couching; Applied work

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Flowers; Festoons




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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