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Panel of lace-patterned silk

Date:
1720s
Culture:
French
Medium:
Lampas, silk and metal thread
Dimensions:
L. 58 3/4 (with fringe) x W. 62 inches (149.2 x 157.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Gift of Alan L. Wolfe, 1961
Accession Number:
61.80.2
Not on view
This distinctive type of silk, made in the weaving centers of France, England, and the Netherlands, is now referred to as "lace patterned," owing to the lacy ribbon-like motifs that frame the central floral arrangement. The serrated leaves and the stiff symmetrical drawing of the flowers reflect both Ottoman and Indo-Persian floral designs. Also, the mihrab-like shape of the compartments framing the central motif suggests a debt to Islamic art and architecture. These European silks also spawned Indian chintz designs such as those seen here, created for both the Western European market and for markets closer to home such as the long cloth made for sale in Indonesia.
Allan Lloyd Wolfe (until 1961; to MMA)
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