A remarkable pair of medieval 15th century Italian silk brocade pillows depicting a pair of wyverns, a mythological dragon with wings and barbed tail and generally found in heraldry making these unusual in their use within silk brocade. The wyverns symbolize strength, power and endurance, surrounded by cornucopias of foliage, which represent a rebirth or “Renaissance”, showing the bridge between the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. A rich weave of deep gold and red, backed with red designer silk velvet, edged with early 19th century deep gold silk fringe trim.
Condition: Each pillow has wear to the ground in places along the tops, the weft is gone leaving a ground of silk threads. Two pinpricks on one pillow that is barely discernible all of which are consistent with a textile of this age. (Sold as a pair)
|15 1/2 in