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Silk and gilt-animal-substrate-wrapped linen, warp-float faced 2:1 'S' twill weave with weft-float faced 1:3 'S' twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts
50.7 × 43.9 cm (20 × 17 1/4 in.); Repeat: 45.8 × 22.2 cm (18 × 8 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Farwell, III
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Mayer, Christa Charlotte. Masterpieces of Western Textiles (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1969), p. 62, pl. 42.
Otavsky, Karel. Mittelalterliche Textilen I. Vol. I. Switzerland: Abegg-Stiftung Riggisberg, 1995, pg. 286.
Publications of Related Fragments *
*Appears to have the same pattern or design but whether or not the fragment comes from the same textile as the Art Institute is unknown.
Lessing, Julius. Die Gewebesammlung des Königlichen Kunstgewerbe Museums zu Berlin (Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, 1900), pl. 162).
Von Falke, Otto. Kunstgeschichte der Seidenweberei (Berlin: 1913), fig. 365.
Related Fragments (Same Textile Design)
Abegg-Stiftung Riggisberg, inv. No. 210 a, b
Detroit Institute of Arts (See Cyril Bunt, Sicilian and Lucchese Fabrics, attributes fabric to Lucca, 14th c., fig. 46)
Kunstgewerbmuseum, Berlin (See Otto von Valke, 1913, fig. 365)
Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpieces of Western Textiles, Jan. 25–Mar. 2, 1969.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, European Textile Masterpieces from Coptic Times through the 19th Century, September 27, 1989–January 22, 1990
The Art Institute of Chicago, The Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Renaissance Velvets and Silks, December 18, 2002–April 13, 2003
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