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Towel

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen diaper embroidered with silk, with silk braid and fringe

  • Museum number:

    940-1897

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Linen cloths such as this with decorated bands may have had several functions in a household, including as towels to dry the hands when washed before eating, cupboard cloths on which vessels could be placed, and coverpanes. Coverpanes were the cloths used to cover the principal place setting of salt, trencher, knife, spoon and bread.

Physical description

Linen towel

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1500-1550 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen diaper embroidered with silk, with silk braid and fringe

Dimensions

Length: 119 cm, Width: 54 cm

Descriptive line

embroidered linen, 1500s, Italian; Green yellow silk embroidery, drawn thread work

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

Ajmar-Wollheim, Marta and Flora Dennis, At Home in Renaissance Italy, London: V&A Publishing, 2006.

Labels and date

Cover
1500-1550

This table cover combines a very popular diaper patterned background with lively embroideries representing popular motifs, such as putti and dragon’s heads.

Italy
Linen diaper embroidered with silk, with silk braid and fringe
V&A: 940-1897 [5 Oct 2006 - 7 Jan 2007]

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Embroidering

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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