A Fine Italian Metalwork Silk Pelmet


A fine metalwork silk pelmet, Italian, late 17th/early 18th century, large scallop-edged pelmet, with 3 large drops, elaborately embroidered with gold and silver metal threads forming a framework of arabesques and flowers enclosing urns, the latter filled with flower stems worked in coloured silk threads, with further coloured floral stems and tendrils echoing the curves of the framework, worked using various stitches, including padded satin stitich, couching, bullion stitch, french knots, long and short stitch, and stem stitch, and incorporating spangles, on a ground of cream silk woven with silver strands, the ground perishing in places and with much of the silver weave worn away, with some loss of stitching and stitched consolidation, gold metal fringing to lower edge (6.5 cm/2.5 ins), backed with coarse linen, further recently backed with pale grey cotton, and with velcro to top edge, dimensions including fringing 84 x 225 cm (33 x 88.5 ins)


Reference - f/2308

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