- Vegetal motif 53%
- 54 cm (height)109.2 cm (width)
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This cushion cover with its up-to-date design and rich materials would have provided a sumptuous and colourful cover for a chair or bench.
Ownership & Use
Although nothing is known about the family who owned this cushion cover, it is possible that they had travelled to Italy and were thus aware of the excavated ancient wall-paintings in Rome that inspired this type of design. It is equally likely that they used a designer who was keeping up with with current international taste.
Design & Designing
Although arabesques, strapwork and other elements of Renaissance ornament were known to English designers, they were seldom used in their pure form. Usually they were combined with specifically English motifs or modified to suit the current English taste for more naturalistic design.
Materials & Making
This style of embroidery belongs to a group in which rich woven fabrics were applied to one another and embellished with minor details in silk and sometimes metal thread and sequins.