Two panels of forest green cut silk velvet with silver metal thread from Florence Italy, circa 1600, with a very large floral motif rising up out of an urn. Both mounted separately on modern stretchers and edged with modern silk fabric. Fabrics with such a large motif were typically used as wall coverings before wallpaper as we know it today came about.
"The first European wall decorations were textiles — in the Middle Ages, sumptuous silk velvets were used not only as clothing, décor and artwork, but also as insulation. These fabrics were incredibly time-consuming to produce, with costly labor and supplies, and so were only really available to the wealthiest consumers. The Renaissance was the golden age of the textile, with expensive, beautifully woven fabrics used as decoration on walls, tables and doorways. It was during this time that wallpaper was developed as an inexpensive alternative to textiles. "
Condition: Each of these panels is pieced with three pieces of fabric. The silver metal threads have patina and darkened. Typical wear along the edges of something over 400 years old.
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