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early 17th century
Linen embroidered with silk and silver-gilt wrapped thread and spangles
H. 9 x W. 17 inches (22.9 x 43.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
Not on view
Rinceaux patterns, characterized by scrolling vines amid flowers, birds, and insects, were popular in England in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This lively pattern appeared on men’s and women’s head coverings, women’s jackets, and furnishing textiles. Both English embroideries and printed patterns were sent to India to be used as design sources. They undoubtedly influenced the creation of the lush floral designs of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Indian chintz.
[ Sotheby's, Paris , April 18, 1924, lot 180 ] ; Irwin Untermyer , New York (until 1964; to MMA)
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