Linen embroidered with silk and silver-gilt wrapped thread and spangles
H. 9 x W. 17 inches (22.9 x 43.2 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
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)
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view