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White satin, embroidered silk with some metal thread (tarnished and in some cases metal perished leaving foundation silk yellow for gold and white for silver). Long and short, French knots, satin stitches, a little couching. Polychrome; black, blue, drab, green, red and yellow. Centre - a large wreath with exotic flowers and leaves with ribbon at bottom bearing name. To L. and R. date. At the top of wreath arms of Thurston of Challock quartering Woodward of Throwleigh and within it a landscape - an estuary with a ship in full sail, upon the far bank a bell tower and a shorter one with a spire which flies a flag, a cross, both completely overshadowed by an exotic tree which grows upon the near bank, to the left a man sits fishing, above a sun in splendour. A 12" wide border of detached motives, closely arranged - birds, bridges, exotic flowers, flowering trees, insects, pagodas, pavilions, etc. Ground between wreath and border dotted with similar motifs, all in Chinoiserie style. At the bottom a rectangle 18.75" x 17.5" has been rather untidily removed from either side to make it fit a four poster bed.


History note: Bought from Messrs. Arditti & Mayorcas, with the Grace Clarke Fund

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Bought with Miss Grace Clarke Fund

Measurements and weight

Length: 96.75 in
Width: 87 in

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1952) by Arditti & Mayorcas, Messrs


Production date: AD 1694

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Accession number: T.1-1952
Primary reference Number: 197586
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Created: Thursday 16 January 2014 Updated: Wednesday 21 June 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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