The fragment consists of an unbalanced plain weave with floated weft brocade. The pattern consists of a vertical, serpentine vine motif with flowers, berries, and leafs. A small amount of lace patterning complements the semi-naturalistic floral motif. The pattern repeats vertically every 6 inches, and horizontally every 2 1/2 inches. The motif is executed by floating, additional continuous wefts.

The small repeat, semi-naturalism, serpentine, and lace pattern suggest a date in the 1750s or 1760s.

The linen label tag is pulling a weft thread, causing creasing along that edge. There is also mild unraveling along the edges.





Silk/ weft float brocade


Overall: 4 5/8 in. x 2 in. (11.75 cm x 5.08 cm)
Other (Design Repeat): 6 in. x 2 1/2 in. (15.24 cm x 6.35 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John S. Wise, 1955

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