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Border with Strozzi emblems

16th–17th century
Italian, Florence
Silk and linen
L. 139 x W. 19 1/4 inches (loom width) (353.1 x 48.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
Not on view
This splendidly woven fabric would have been appropriate for decorating a room beneath a cornice or as a bed valance. Although this particular textile may have been woven as late as the seventeenth century, its design surely goes back to the fifteenth and incorporates Filippo Strozzi's favorite motifs of a falcon on a branch and three half-moons with flames. Sprays of roses are tied together with banderoles bearing the motto "I wait and so does virtue" —fitting for Filippo Strozzi, who patiently worked to restore the prestige of his family in Florence following their political exile.
Inscription: (on ribands) SIC ET VIRTVS EXPECTO [ I wait and so does virtue]
Palace of San Donato , Florence (until March 1880) ; J. Pierpont Morgan ; Belle da Costa Greene ; [ French and Co., New York , 1951; sold to MMA]
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