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Cloth with Unicorns, Dragons, Other Animals, and Floral Patterns

Cloth with Unicorns, Dragons, Other Animals, and Floral Patterns

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The two-legged dragon with a barbed tail at the corners of the lace cloth is called a wyvern.


Scattered throughout this textile are depictions of both real and imaginary animals: unicorns and dragons exist alongside lions, stags, and an assortment of birds. There are also identifiable plants, flowers, and fruits as well as simply decorative or fictional ones. The maker, whose initials CM appear between the unicorns, perhaps chose to mix fantastical motifs with natural ones to create a more captivating spectacle. This large textile was perhaps meant for use as a table cover.
  • Underhill, Gertrude. "The Frances McIntosh Sherwin Collection of Lace." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 23, no. 4 (1936): 53-54. 53-54
    "New in the Galleries.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 59, no. 3 (May/June 2019): Back cover. Reproduced and Mentioned: Back cover.
    related work in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. Object accession number 1986.11, Cover, France, c. 1620/30. 105.3 x 137.3 cm (41-1/2 x 54 in.). linen.
  • Renaissance lace rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 15-November 18, 2019).
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