Italian silk Cisele voided velvet fragment from the second half of the 16th century. The design is made up of interconnected ogival that are joined with crowns of darken gold thread. Each ogival has a central floral motif of cut silk velvet and darken gold metal thread on a cream-colored silk ground. Edged with a small 18th century red silk and metal thread fringe, all on red silk velvet. Finished around the outside with a small gold metallic cording and 18th century metal tassels, the header of which has a basket weave design. The metal thread on this fragment appears to be silver but is actually gold, it has darkened over time.
Condition: While faded, which is to be expected from something over 400 years old, it still has great presence.
|16 1/4 in