From Brooke Astor's collection an Italian circa 1540 hanging designed with a repeating pattern of arabesques, scrolling foliage and twining ribbons. Woven brocade with a ground of yellow silk, the pattern outlined in red silk and filled with white silk and silver metal thread. Edged at the top and both long sides with the original silk and metal thread tape that has a geometric design, the bottom has a 19th century silk and metal thread fringe. Backed with 19th century hand dyed blue linen.
Condition: This piece has two repairs, one at the top and one at the bottom but beautifully done. There are numerous broken bits of thread throughout that can be seen in the pictures and a couple of spots all typical of apiece nearly 500 years old.
|23 1/2 in