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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Quilted linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Two layers of linen quilted together in a design of octagons with squares between; all slightly irregular. Each octagon or square has a creature, difficult to decipher but they appear to be birds and animals of different sorts. The octagons are outlined with cord quilting secured with backstitch, and are largely intact, but the figures originally stuffed with wool wadding have mostly had this removed, apparently on purpose by slitting the channels from the back to remove it, rather than loss through wear. The reason for this is unknown, although when held up to the light the design can be seen more clearly through these now single layer pattern areas. The top and bottom layers both have a seam in one place down their length, not aligned. There is a fringe all round, added later; the edges of the cover within that are cut, not finished.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Quilted linen


Length: 198 cm approx, excluding fringe, Width: 111 cm approx, excluding fringe

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 30319/1902.

Descriptive line

Cover, quilted linen, Germany, 16th century

Production Note

This cover has always been catalogued as German, but there is no comparable piece identified with which it can be compared to uphold this .


Linen (material); Linen thread


Whitework; Cord quilting

Subjects depicted

Birds; Animals




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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