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Cope

Date:
main textile: 1720s; hood textile: mid-17th century
Culture:
Dutch and Italian
Medium:
Main textile: silk satin, brocaded, silk and metal-wrapped thread; Hood textile: cloth-of-gold, brocaded, silk and metal-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
L. 57 1/2 x Gr. W. 119 inches (146.1 x 302.3 cm)
Classifications:
Textiles-Woven, Textiles-Ecclesiastical
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.12
Not on view
By the seventeenth century, the Dutch had established a significant domestic silk weaving industry that provided patterned silks both for home and export markets. One type of Dutch silk, known as an "Indienne," satisfied the European vogue for chinoiserie designs and featured playful patterns inspired by imported Chinese and Japanese decorative art objects. This example shows a compact walled garden with tiny pagodas flanked by oversize Chinese-style vases holding giant flowers.
[ Michael Abraham , New York, until 1976; sold to MMA ]
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