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Gable from a bed tent door: T.31-1949

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Linen gable from a bed tent door embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, long-armed cross, darning, satin and double running stitch.

A small amount of silver thread, laid and couched is also employed in the embellishment of the gable. The red bands of the gable are made up of a repeated lozenge design containing what is probably a highly stylized animal motif. The minor, light blue gable band has an alternating leaf and branch pattern. Bolder, stylized leaf and branch motifs are worked along the centre line with symmetrically arranged parrots, eagles and various other birds, animals and figures, some perched on two boats.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Augustus and Lady Daniel

Measurements and weight

Length: 62 cm
Width: 53.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Dodecanese ⪼ Greek islands ⪼ Greece

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949-06-25) by Augustus, Daniel, Sir & Lady

Dating

18th century
Circa 1701 CE - Circa 1801 1801 CE

Note

These decorative gables were made to fit above the bed tent door panels, the whole tent comprising joined tapering panels embroidered with detached branch motifs.

Materials used in production

embroidery Silk ground Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen gable from a bed tent door embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, long-armed cross, darning, satin and double running stitch. A small amount of silver thread, laid and couched is also employed in the embellishment of the gable. The red bands of the gable are made up of a repeated lozenge design containing what is probably a highly stylized animal motif. The minor, light blue gable band has an alternating leaf and branch pattern. Bolder, stylized leaf and branch motifs are worked along the centre line with symmetrically arranged parrots, eagles and various other birds, animals and figures, some perched on two boats.
Embroidering

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.31-1949
Primary reference Number: 110422
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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