This yellow silk lampas fragment features a point repeat design, repeating once across the width of the fabric with a height of 20.5". The design contains a central bouquet motif with tulips, berries, pineapples, and pomegranates in a vase. The central motif is flanked by serpentine vines featuring berries and grape leafs. Various geometric diaper patterns are used to fill the floral elements. The full width of the original fabric is 15.5".

This fragment shows a portion of the serpentine motif on right side of the overall design.

The fabric is plain woven with supplementary warps and thicker wefts, causing a very slight ribbing. The warp floats are Z-spun, and the weft floats are unspun and show a 4/1 satin stitch. The reverse of the fabric shows only plain weave, with evidence of the weft design visible only by the binding points of the satin stitch.

The fragment is unfaded but bears a small, red-brown stain that is similar to those found on other fragments in the MVLA collections from the same fabric. There are also very light stain spots. The upper left corner is creased into a pleat.

Date

1730-1750


Material/Technique

Silk, Lampas


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 2 5/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (6.67 cm x 7.94 cm)
Other (Design Height): 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. John S. Wise, 1955


Object Number

W-2007/A


Colors


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