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Length of velvet

16th century
Spanish or Italian
Pile on pile cut, voided, and brocaded velvet of silk and gold metallic thread with bouclé details
L. 87 x W. 22 1/2 inches (221.0 x 57.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
The symmetrical pattern and the framework of pointed oval (or ogee) shapes of this velvet are a departure from the large meandering stems seen in many fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian velvets (see 46.156.120 and the back of cassone 14.39). The composition of this sumptuous "pomegranate" velvet may have been influenced by textiles from the nearby Ottoman empire; it is characteristic of Turkish textiles of the period as well. However, this piece retains typically European technical features: the two heights of silk pile and metal brocading in two textures, flat and looped—features that are not found in Turkish velvets.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi , Rome, until 1946; to Loewi ] ; [ Adolph Loewi , Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA ]
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