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Valance

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet with padded applique of silver tissue embroidered in coloured silks and couched metal thread

  • Museum number:

    37-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bed valance of silk velvet with padded applique of silver tissue embroidered in coloured silks and couched metal thread. Repeating pattern of gadrooned vases of fruit, alternating with floral devices amidst slender interlacing leafy stems which terminate in monsters' heads. Along three sides is a narrow border filled with a wavy floral stem. There is a brown linen lining.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet with padded applique of silver tissue embroidered in coloured silks and couched metal thread

Dimensions

Length: 278.5 cm, Width: 31 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 2481/1903, 30463/1902.

Said by the vendor to have come from the neighbourhood of Avignon.

Descriptive line

Bed valance, silk velvet with padded applique of silver tissue embroidered in coloured silks and couched metal thread, Italy, 16th century

Labels and date

Bed Valance
16th century

Richly embroidered bed hangings were often the most expensive part of the furnishing of a camera. In Venice beds were commonly fitted inside alcoves, with curtains to conceal the wooden structure and hide the bed during the day. This striking bed valance would have hung high on the bed frame under the canopy. [53 words]

Italy
Silk velvet with padded appliqué of silver tissue embroidered in coloured silks and couched metal thread

V&A: 37-1903 [5 Oct 2006 - 7 Jan 2007]

Production Note

Previously attributed to Italian or Spanish.

Materials

Silk (textile); Silk thread; Metal thread

Techniques

Velvet weave; Applied work; Padding (process); Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Interlace

Categories

Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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