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Italy?, France?

This set of rich hangings incorporates late 17th-century Italian or French embroidery and appliqué of cloth of gold. It is not known where or when Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) acquired them. However, while in Florence in 1875, Ferdinand wrote to his uncle Lionel that he had spent a considerable sum on ‘a fine lot of old velvet’. Ferdinand displayed the hangings in the Bachelors’ Wing Corridor as a subtle backdrop to the Renaissance-style interiors and his exceptional collection of Renaissance treasures. Adapted as curtains, valances and drapes for windows and arches, they created a luxurious, tent-like, interior. The size and shape of the hangings suggests tha ...
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Late 17th Century, c 1880 {alterations}
Silk,velvet, cotton, linen and metal thread
Image and text © Waddesdon Manor, 2019

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Waddesdon Manor
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