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Napkin - The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    1590-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen damask

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Baron W. van Pallandt van Eerde

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Napkin of linen damask. With two scenes in point repeat from the parable of the Prodigal Son. In the lower scene, the son takes leave of his father, who holds a bag of money. Houses are in the background flanked by ewers and a jar which belong to the scene above, where the Prodigal sits at a table between woman holding cards. A plaster ceiling with pendant bosses is above them, and over the Prodigal's head hangs a lamp decorated with antlers.

With a border and at each corner are four linked rosettes. Along all four sides is a scroll forming medallions enclosing birds and flowers. Bands of chequerboard edging are broader and on a larger scale at the top and lower edges than at the sides. Mark in fawn thread.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)


1590-1625 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen damask


Length: 38 in, Width: 28 in, Length: 97 cm, Width: 71 cm

Descriptive line

Napkin 'The Prodigal Son' of linen damask, Flanders, 1590-1625

Production Note



Textiles; Tableware & cutlery; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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