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Panel of velvet

Date:
early 16th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silk and metal thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 43 x 25 3/4 in. [loom width] (109.2 x 65.4 cm); Mounted on board in plexi box: 46 x 29 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (116.8 x 74.6 x 6.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.157
Not on view
This splendid crimson velvet with pink voided areas and others brocaded with silver-wrapped yellow thread reflects the international style common in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Egypt in the late fifteenth century. Yet, because of the mutual exchange of artistic vocabularies, especially in the production of velvets, there remains the possibility that this textile was actually woven in Venice.
[ Parke-Bernet Galleries , New York, 1953; sold to MMA ]
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