Brocaded velvet cushion cover with carnations

Brocaded velvet cushion cover with carnations

late 1500s

Velvet, brocaded: silk, gilt-and-silver-metal thread

Overall: 128.9 x 66.7 cm (50 3/4 x 26 1/4 in.); Mounted: 136.5 x 74.3 cm (53 3/4 x 29 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. James Albert Ford, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., The John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust, Mrs. Hermon A. Kelley, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance, Mrs. Harry Stratton, and J. H. Wade by exchange 1984.27



The six lappet designs on the top and bottom identify this textile as an Ottoman cushion cover for a royal divan, or sofa, used in the royal court. Its bold and graphic pattern is made up of carnations in three staggered rows. Carnations can be distinguished from other floral motifs by their sawtooth petals and serrated leaves.

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