Not currently on display at the V&A

Towel

1500-1550 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen diaper embroidered with silk, with silk braid and fringe
Brief Description
embroidered linen, 1500s, Italian; Green yellow silk embroidery, drawn thread work
Physical Description
Linen towel
Dimensions
  • Length: 119cm
  • Width: 54cm
Gallery Label
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)
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Ajmar-Wollheim, Marta and Flora Dennis, At Home in Renaissance Italy, London: V&A Publishing, 2006.
Collection
Accession Number
940-1897

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record createdDecember 18, 2006
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