Embroidered tray cover

Embroidered tray cover

1800s

Plain weave: linen; embroidery, chain stitch: silk and gilt-metal thread

Overall: 148.5 x 157 cm (58 7/16 x 61 13/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1276

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Elaborately embellished round embroideries often covered the metal trays that accompanied traditionally gracious Turkish hospitality and cuisine. Here, exuberant floral displays and garlands bearing large blossoms with shaded petals enrich the circular designs that feature extravagant gilt-metal thread and many lush colors of silk thread. The embroidered stitches almost conceal the linen ground in a spectacular tour-de-force.

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