Fragment of ferronerie velvet - ROM2008_9761_22

ROM2008_9761_22

Fragment of ferronerie velvet

Medium:Silk velvet with cut pile on a voided ground
Geography: Italy
Date: 1470-1480
Period: Early Renaissance
Dimensions:
23 x 48.4 cm
Object number: 909.16.20
Not on view
Description

This group of Early Renaissance velvets is sometimes referred to as ferronerie velvet, because the look resembles that of wrought iron (which is the word “ferro” in Italian). The ground in these silks is reduced to thin lines which appear almost as if engraved in a continuous surface of velvet pile. The linear pattern of ferronerie velvets consists of interlocking 5-lobate foliate shapes (or cinquefoils) containing stylized pomegranates.

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