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16th century (made)
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Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Quilted linen
Brief Description
Cover, quilted linen, Germany, 16th century
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.
Dimensions
  • Top edge width: 2035mm
  • Bottom edge width: 1960mm
  • Proper right length: 1150mm
  • Proper left length: 1156mm
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 30319/1902.
Production
This cover has always been catalogued as German, but there is no comparable piece identified with which it can be compared to uphold this .
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
1568-1902

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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