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Woven silk

Woven silk

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1470-1530 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet

  • Museum number:

    T.820-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The bold colours, large pomegranate pattern and dense gold of this fabric was typical of the Renaissance, during which time rich woven fabrics and ornate embroideries were indicative of wealth and status. These fabrics were used in dress and domestic furnishings, as well as in vestments and ecclesiastical furnishings. The church was an immensely important patron, and weaving and embroidery workshops relied on its commissions, as well as those from rich nobles and other wealthy individuals. Ecclesiastical textiles usually survive more than secular textiles, as they have been well looked after due to their significance in church ritual.

Physical description

Velvet textile of deep red with a design executed in cream. The design is derived from the ogival lattice.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1470-1530 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet

Object history note

Acquired from Harold Wallis Esq., Purley as part of a group of textiles (RP 1919/454). No files with any further details.

Descriptive line

Silk velvet of deep red with a cream design derived from the ogival lattice.

Materials

Silk; Velvet

Techniques

Weaving

Subjects depicted

Pomegranate; Ogival

Categories

Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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