Cover with Border of Abstract Floral Motifs

Cover with Border of Abstract Floral Motifs

18th century

Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); silk (est.) and unidentified ground fiber

Overall: 133.4 x 114 cm (52 1/2 x 44 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Page 1921.84

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The large size and square form suggest that this textile would likely have been used as a table cloth.

Description

Notable for its bright and valued colors, this cover has a needle lace border of natural and organic motifs attached to a silk cloth. The lace is divided into two registers, possibly representing stylized plants and flowers growing above ground with their roots growing in pots beneath them.

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