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Kerchief: T.62-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Cotton or linen, embroidered in polychrome silk, gilt and silver threads in double darning, double running, eyelet hole, open hem stitch, needle weaving, overcast and satin stitch. At each end three bands of embroidery -
(a) needleweaving border in gilt thread; (b) includes the insciption "O beloved king, I have seen in your beauty four things clearly: one was the rose, one the hyacinth, one the narcissus, one the sweet basil: these four. With these associated, my son, remember four things: one regret; one separation; one absence; one parting"; (c) three sprays 5.5" deep of stylised tulips and hyacinth flowers.

Legal notes

Given by George de Menasce

Measurements and weight

Length: 54.25 in
Width: 20.75 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-09-25) by de Menasce, George

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Materials used in production

gilt and silver thread embroidery Metal thread
ground Cotton or linen
polychrome embroidery Silk

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.62-1946
Primary reference Number: 199756
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 21 August 2014 Updated: Friday 24 November 2023 Last processed: Friday 24 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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